Recycling

Re-arranged dustbins in the school yardRecycling started at our school in February 2011when the environmental group signed the school up for the annual Schools Recycling Competition organized by Rent-A-Drum.

Therefore the school was equipped with a recycling station from Rent-A-Drum and every classroom receivRecycling Stationed three separate bins: one each for plastic, paper and waste. In the school yard the dustbins were also re-arranged to form recycling stations.

At the end of 2011 the students at DHPS had collected about 11 tonnes of recyclables and finished the Schools Recycling Competition in 10th place earning earning the school about N$ 5000,-.

This year (2012) the DHPS is again participating in the competition. In July the YOUTHinkGreen group relabeled all the classroom bins with new stickers.

Distinct waste icons

Relabeling of classroom bins

Relabeling of classroom bins

There had been complaints that the old labels were not distinct enough so that students often threw rubbish in the wrong bin because it needed too much effort to identify the right bin.

The administration also decided that one recycling station wasn’t enough. Therefore three more stations were purchased and distributed on the school grounds. This meant that now the whole school including hostel, kitchen, kindergarten and primary school started separating their rubbish.

Lucy serves a proper lunch on proper plates

Lucy serves a proper lunch on proper plates

Recycling can only be the first step to actually reduce the rubbish at school. With this intention we introduced a change in our cafeteria in March 2012:
Usually school lunch was served from Mondays to Thursdays on disposable plastic plates with plastic cutlery. The YOUTHinkGreen group didn’t think much of such a waste. Therefore the kitchen of the hostel was persuaded to buy another 30 porcelain plates and proper metal cutlery.

Since April 2012 students at DHPS get a school lunch served on these plates with proper cutlery for a deposit of N$ 20,-.  Fears that because of the deposit the number of sold lunches would reduce were effectively unfounded.

Mr. Horn (r.) from FNB and Mr. Gschwender (l.) from Transworld Cargo officially hand over the E-Waste container to head mistress Mrs. Pfänder

Mr. Horn (r.) from FNB and Mr. Gschwender (l.) from Transworld Cargo officially hand over the E-Waste container to head mistress Mrs. Pfänder

Since the bazaar in August 2012 the DHPS is the first school in Namibia collecting E-Waste.
The e-waste container was built by Transworld Cargo, the running costs are sponsored by FNB. The container sits in the school’s entrance area and can be utilized by the whole school community. The container is serviced by Transworld Cargo and gets emptied every two weeks or on demand.

 

The School Recycling Competition

The School Recycling Competition

The results of the School Recycling Competition 2012/2013 have been published. The price giving ceremony took place on 19 March 2013 in Katutura.
The best school collected 40.9kg per student, the schools on second and third place a bit more than 20kg per student.
DHPS managed to raise 17.3 kg of recyclables per student and therefore finished in sixth place taking home N$ 4202.63 in price money.
Well done, but the school can do much better.

Thanks to the presentation that YouThinkGreen Namibia gave at the anniversary celebrations of the Namibia Environmental Investment Fund, the school was given another twenty new waste bins worth N$ 11,000.- for its school grounds. As soon as these new bins have been labelled and assembled to nice recycling stations all over the school grounds, everybody at school will be able to separate waste and therefore increase the amount of recyclables collected at our school.

Let’s see. We’ll keep you updated here.