Global Recycling Day

18/03/2020

At Horbury Academy we value the importance of recycling in order to preserve our planet for our future generations and, through our weekly newsletter, we’ve kept you up to date on measures we’ve been taking to reduce plastic and improve recycling.

Today, in recognition of Global Recycling Day, we’re working to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and to celebrate the work we’ve already done to create a more sustainable academy environment.

We believe we can each do our bit to future-proof our planet and below are some examples of the measures we’ve taken and which were shared at this month’s Parents’ Forum.

  • We’ve introduced additional recycling bins and are filling two of these per week with recyclables from the kitchen alone!
  • We’ve installed additional water fountains around the academy and encouraged the use of water bottles
  • Recycling is a standing item on our student council meetings in order to gather ideas and feedback from students
  • We’ve introduced new meal deals which reduce single-use plastics by substituting the drink for a juice shot
  • We use carbon neutral wood pellets to heat our academy, using biomass boilers with minimal gas back up
  • We have natural ventilation, with the concrete slab of the building being used to cool the building in summer months, through night time ventilation, reducing the need for air conditioning in certain classrooms
  • We installed a sedum roof within the Science and PE areas to create a wildlife habitat whilst reducing the speed of rain running into local drains
  • We installed solar visors on windows, taking into account the position of the building and of sunlight

Mr Care, Horbury Academy Assistant Principal, said: “Apart from the significant increase in recycling we’ve seen across the academy, there has also been a real emphasis on the prevention of waste in the first instance. Staff and students are working together to create this change with the shared view that we can each do our own bit and every little helps! Should you have any other ideas on how we could further improve recycling and reduce single-use plastic across the academy, we’d love to hear from you!”

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