Belfast Schools Waste no time increasing Recycling with BEEs Competition

Posted 21/07/2014 00:00:00

Schools from all across Belfast gathered at Belfast City Hall on 3rd June to consider waste issues and recycling solutions in their schools and celebrate environmental success with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Eco-Schools programme.

The event was hosted by Belfast City Council’s Waste Management Service and Eco-Schools in the spectacular setting of the Great Hall in Belfast City Hall. Schools attending were invited to present their entries for this year’s Belfast Environmentally Efficient Schools (BEEs) Competition. The competition asked school pupils in Belfast to investigate waste issues in school and suggest environmentally efficient solutions then present their findings in colourful, informative displays.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School took first place in the Primary category with their display and findings on recycling waste of all types from food waste to clothing, even shredding paper to feed to the wormery.

Taking second and third places were Forge Integrated Primary School and Carr’s Glen Primary School who also had impressive displays including junk art milk carton fish and newspaper pots for planting seeds.

Mercy College took first place in the Post Primary category with their look at introducing recycling to the school. Their entry included a fantastic photo titled ‘Where’s your head at?’

Taking second and third places were Victoria College and Belfast Model School for Girls. Both schools have been encouraging pupils to view waste as an important resource to be reused and recycled in school.

Tim Walker, Belfast City Council Waste Management Head of Service said: “It’s fantastic to see the effort and team work that these children have put in, to bring the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message to life in such a creative way. Congratulations to all the schools who made it through to the finals. It was also great to be able to celebrate the achievement of the Belfast schools achieving Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation”

Carmel Fyfe, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Eco-Schools Manager added: “Congratulations to all the Schools receiving awards today through the Eco-Schools Programme for the Belfast Environmentally Efficient Schools Competition. Today was a wonderful opportunity to reward the efforts being made by those in the local area doing their bit to make Belfast a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place in which to live and we are delighted to be supported by Belfast City Council in recognising these efforts.”

Also attending the event were schools from Belfast which achieved the prestigious, internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in the past year. The pupils were delighted to be officially presented with their flags by Belfast City Council. Nine Belfast schools have achieved their award in the past year Ravenscroft Nursery School, Belmont Primary School, Greenwood Infants Primary School, Ligoniel Primary School, St Paul’s Primary School, Forge Integrated Primary School, St Malachy’s Primary School, Holy Family Primary School and Cranmore Integrated Primary School.