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Posted on Thu 30 Nov 2017

Cash for Clobber Competition

How would you like to win up to £1,500 for your school by simply recycling all types of clothing and shoes (pairs only please), household textiles and handbags (we cannot accept duvets or pillows)?

Get collecting now! – the rules couldn’t be simpler:

The school that collects the most clobber per pupil wins a magnificent cash prize. And that’s in addition to what we pay for what we weigh – 40 pence per kilo. To qualify for the competition you must participate in a Bag Collection, (even if you have an existing textile bank).

The Competition runs from September 1 2017 until June 30, 2018.

Prizes are available in 3 different bands depending on the size of your school:

Band 1 = up to 100 pupils - £500
Band 2 = 101-250 pupils - £1,000
Band 3 = more than 250 pupils - £1,500

The scheme is aimed at raising awareness of textile recycling among children and to show how essential it is for everyone in the ‘developed world’ to reduce, reuse and recycle. Most of the waste textiles produced in the UK and Ireland end up in landfill sites. Every year, 1 million tonnes of clothes that could be reused are buried in these landfill sites. This is bad for the environment as we are running out of space to dispose of this rubbish and the landfills that already exist are giving off harmful gases which contribute to global warming.

Synthetic (man-made) products do not break down and decompose in landfill. Woollen garments (natural) do decompose but give off harmful gases and 80% of all clothes thrown away in the UK and Ireland can be reused.

To qualify for these spectacular cash prizes, participating schools must take part in a ‘bag drop’ collection. However, if you have a Cash for Clobber textile bank in your school grounds, all textiles collected from your bank will contribute towards your competition total.

The Cash For Clobber Team 

Posted on Tue 28 Nov 2017

Wheelie Big Challenge

Schools across Belfast are tackling the important topic of food waste with the exciting Wheelie Big Challenge run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Eco-Schools and supported by Belfast City Council. In this third year of the challenge, a character called Wheelie again encourages everyone to take a closer look at what they throw in the bin. Pupils will learn tips on how to reduce food waste and compost or recycle any food scraps. They are then invited to enter their actions and improvements into a competition with the grand final taking place in Belfast City Hall on the 17th May. Schools could win up to £500 in Primary and Post-Primary award categories. The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 25th April.

Teaching resources are provided which highlight the importance of the “3 Rs” - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The lessons take about an hour to deliver and have lots of information on the importance of waste reduction, short activity suggestions and actions to carry out at home and in school. There are lessons available looking at Paper and Plastic Waste (KS1&FS, KS2&3) and Food Waste (KS1&FS, KS2&3).

In the Resources section of our website there are other Waste resources including this helpful leaflet from Eco-Schools and a case study from Our Lady of Lourdes, who took part in the Wheelie Big Challenge in it's first year and are now a Zero Waste school!

To register for this challenge email cathy.gorman@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org or contact Eco-Schools on 02890 736920.

Wheelie Big Challenge Toolkit

Wheelie Big Challenge Information
Wheelie Big Challenge Waste Audit 1
Wheelie Big Challenge Waste Audit 2
Wheelie Big Competition Entry

Posted on Thu 23 Nov 2017

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)

Do you have budding reporters in your school - passionate young people who want to make their views on the environment heard?

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is the project for you!!

This year we are inviting schools across Northern Ireland to create a written, photographic or video article investigating the issue of Food Waste.
There are great prizes available for winning entries and seed funding to help you with a community day to spread your message. Eco-Schools will also be hosting workshops and an award event for the project in January and March.

Community Day Funding - £185 limited to 20 schools
Social Media Campaign prizes - £200 in each council area
YRE prizes - £250 first place, £150 second place, £75 third place -
in each of the three YRE categories.

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of passionate young people educating for sustainable development by producing, engaging, creative, environmental journalism. Coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), YRE is in more than 30 countries worldwide and growing!

Young people aged 11-21 may enter the competition in 3 categories:
1. Written Articles
2. Photographic
3. Video

Closing date for articles to the national jury is 9th March 2018.

Please read the instructions below.

YRE have produced a fantastic Handbook for Schools follow these links:

Part 1 - What is YRE? (4MB)

Part 2 - Student Handbook I (14MB)

Part 2 - Student Handbook II (8MB)

Part 3 - Teacher's Handbook (1MB)

Part 4 - International Competition Regulations (300 KB)

Part 5 - Website and Social Media (150 KB)

Contact ruth.vanry@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org to register.

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YRE Instructions 2018
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YRE entry form 2018