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(UK) Green message goes to schools August 09, 2005 7:21 AM

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by Nick Mann

GUERNSEY’S waste issues will soon form part of the school curriculum.
Environment has stepped up efforts to encourage recycling. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 0231331)

And alongside other public educational initiatives about things such as recycling, the Environment Department is introducing a corporate accreditation scheme. It has just announced details of its proposed pilot kerbside recycling operations.
‘We have an uphill struggle in educating members of the community in recycling issues,’ said Environment minister Bernard Flouquet.
‘We want to establish through the pilot scheme how to bring on board those people who don’t recycle.’
A disappointing response to Recycling Week found only about 30 people pledging to start doing it.
The department is set to introduce bins to take cardboard at the top 10 of its 41 bring bank sites.
Deputy Flouquet said Environment was pleased with the tonnages achieved at these areas. He hoped the kerbside recycling would help pick up those who do not currently do it.
Chief officer Steve Smith said that getting the waste strategy into the schools as part of the curriculum was always part of the overall proposals.
‘The former departments decided not to go too far with that until the States agreed the final disposal route. In those days, it was energy from waste,’ he said.
Environment is now investigating options again following the States acceptance of its proposals in response to the panel of inquiry report in May.
‘We’ve decided there are some fundamentals that are true no matter what the final solution is and we can build these into the school curriculum now.’
He added that the Guernsey Grid for Learning had now developed, aiding the introduction of waste issues.
Teaching packs will include things such as bring bank sites and other material pertinent to Guernsey. And the department’s new recycling officer will also go into schools to answer questions.
‘There’s obviously a requirement that we keep that up to date as the strategy develops and we’re doing that in liaison with the Education Council and some key teachers to make sure they are happy.’
The corporate accreditation scheme will be aimed at companies that show a serious commitment to managing their waste.
‘There’s broad agreement in principle to the scheme, now we need to develop how it will work.’
A company could be asked how it generates its waste, if it needs to and what it does with it and then come up with a management plan specific to its needs.
‘The intention is that to apply for the accreditation, there would be a fee to fund an assessor to come out and work with the company to make sure they knew what they had to do, then go back to assess the company to make sure they put in place the waste management plans.
‘When they get accreditation, they could use it on letterheads, marketing, whatever.’
The department hopes that companies do not do it just for the green mark, but because they take waste seriously.
‘And in doing that, identify what the hurdles are in managing their waste, and with us working with them, those hurdles will become clear to us.’

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