Southwark school dinners get recycled!

Grange School close up

Eithne Murray, teacher at Grange Primary School (third left) and Maria Akintokun, education and outreach officer for Veolia, show pupils how the recycling system works.

Southwark Council’s recycling and waste partner Veolia is on a mission to get as many Southwark schools as possible, to recycle their food waste.

This productive scheme will help the environment by ensuring that food waste is not sent to landfill and can also save schools money in disposal costs.

Making this scheme successful are education and Outreach Officers who, as part of this project, visit each school and explain the benefits of recycling food waste and also spend a lunch time at the school showing the children and dinner staff how to use the service.

One of the first schools to benefit from the scheme is Grange Primary School.

“The waste collection scheme has been working wonderfully in our dinner hall,” said Eithne Murray, a teacher at Grange Primary School.

“All the children are engaged and are enjoying helping the environment every day,” said Maria Akintokun, education and outreach Officer for Veolia.

“The aim is to reduce the amount sent to landfill and hopefully this message gets carried home too.”

“After spending a lunch time with the children showing them how to use the service, I have come back today and I’m proud to see how the children have taken to the scheme so quickly and seem to enjoy the fact that the food they couldn’t finish will go on to be recycled,” Akintokun added.

“Food waste is a big issue across the country so this scheme is a good way to get kids thinking intelligently about recycling,”said a council spokesman. “I would urge more schools to get involved in the scheme to help make Southwark a greener place to be.”

Any school based in Southwark where the refuse is collected by Veolia can join the scheme. Call 020 7525 2000 or email for more information.



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