ECO meeting Monday 20th February
REGISTER Apologies – Dawid, Sean, Rian, Tamara
Mr Burgess welcomed the ECO group back from holidays and introduced February as Litter Awareness Month.
Mr Burgess explained that litter can have effects much more devastating than we think.
The group were asked what issues litter might cause. We had lots of great ideas, Harry said that plastic bags strangle animals. Annie explained that turtles confuse plastic bags for jellyfish.
Mr Burgess explained this month we want to remind pupils not to drop litter in the playground and to make good choices with their recycling. Carrie said that overflowing bins don’t help and they need to be emptied more regularly. Annie felt that milk taken outside created litter. Alex saw people squirt bottles of juice before dropping it and running away. Emaan saw a friend dropping grapes because she didn’t want to eat them. Teemo felt that no water bottles should be allowed outside. Carrie felt that sometimes people waste food by jumping on it to get attention from their friends.
Also Mr Burgess explained that we have got more tyres which we hope to paint and plant in. we also hope to plant using recycled bottle containers.
Issues in school –
Harry hopes to make a bug hotel for our new school playground.
Carrie feels there need to be more bins for cigarette butts and chewing gum in Portobello with lots of rubbish being dumped.
Harry felt more bins more evenly distributed around the playground would encourage people to bin their rubbish particularly on the football pitch.
Next meeting March 2016
As ECO reps we have been asked to feed back about our meeting today so you all know what is happening in our school.
This month is Litter Awareness month. Litter can make our community look untidy. It can also harm wildlife on land and in the sea. Plastic bags that we drop or that the wind blows away can land far away in the water or be carried into trees.
We would like to ask all children to put their litter in the bin and not drop it for others to pick up. Make a difference, be a good example.
We also want to plant using recycled materials. We need large plastic bottles that have been cleaned to help us plant. We also would like to paint some recycled tyres and plant things to brighten up our school environment.
If you have any ideas for our ECO group please let your class reps know. Thank you