Gozo stu­dents learn waste re­duc­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

As in pre­vi­ous years, the stu­dents of St Fran­cis School, Vic­to­ria, par­tic­i­pated in the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion.

This year they had to fo­cus on pack­ag­ing waste and so in prepa­ra­tion for this week the up­per classes re­searched the harm­ful ef­fects of Sty­ro­foam and alu­minium foil on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out dur­ing the EWWR in­cluded vis­its to var­i­ous schools to pass on in­for­ma­tion, in some classes also show­ing the host stu­dents how to make things out of pack­ag­ing waste; a visit to an Old Peo­ple’s Home, pre­sent­ing the el­derly there with flow­ers made out of pack­ag­ing waste too; “sell­ing” shoe boxes turned gift/stor­age boxes which pro­ceeds were do­nated to Dr Klown or­ga­ni­za­tion, ded­i­cated to pro­vide clown doc­tor ser­vices to sick chil­dren in hos­pi­tal.

The stu­dents were also taught the im­por­tance of buy­ing in bulk to de­crease waste, and on World Chil­dren’s Day were given a stain­less steel drink­ing bot­tle, so as to do away with plas­tic bot­tles.

Year 6 stu­dents wrote to a num­ber of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, ask­ing them what they are do­ing to try and re­duce alu­minium foil pack­ag­ing from dif­fer­ent tablets.

The ac­tiv­ity which was taken on board with great en­thu­si­asm was the large work of art as­sem­bled in the school yard, out of dif­fer­ent pack­ag­ing ma­te­rial: plas­tic, brown pa­per, news­pa­pers, card­board, Sty­ro­foam, bot­tles and tops, bub­ble wrap, con­struc­tion waste.

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