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Waste food was a big item on the Eco Committee’s agenda, based on surveys done amongst boys and catering staff in relation to lunchtimes.

  • The Hall signed a new contract with Camden which meant that all food waste is collected separately every day
  • Compost bins for food waste were placed on the yard and a wormery on the balcony
  • As part of their studies on Healthy Living, Year 6 attended a talk about our seas and oceans and sustainability including a demo of how to gut and descale a fish!

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  • Paper and plastic cups were banned in the staff room as were individually packaged tea bags. All the teachers brought in their own mug!
  • Plastic bottles were no longer used after matches and for sports days. Instead, extra water fountains were installed at Wilf Slack Playing Fields 
  • Disposable plastic and polystyrene containers were banned in the school kitchens. 
  • Every classroom was furnished with a recycling bin clearly labelled with information from Camden on what can and cannot be recycled
  • Several measures to reduce paper waste were introduced, including cartridge paper made from recycled cups being purchased for the Art department.  All teachers were encouraged to purchase products that have the Eco Stamp and all essential printing from external suppliers being on recycled paper.
  • An Eco Bricks project was run.  An Ecobrick is a reusable building block made by packing clean and dry used plastic into a plastic bottle to a set density. Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic and transition to greener harmony with Earth’s cycles. Boys made their own Eco-bricks out of non-recyclable plastics in and outside of school. These will be used within school to make flower beds and potentially other useful structures and then also sent to Africa through the Eco-Brick Exchange. 
  • Posters were made and displayed to encourage boys and staff to turn out lights and turn off taps to save energy and water
  • Year 7’s focussed on a model-UN type project around Climate Change.
  • To further reduce paper waste we purchased toilet paper with the Eu Eco Accreditation
  • Several year groups enjoyed a learning module in Art, in which they studied art as a means of protest
  • Bruce Bratley, an owner of a recycling company, gave an assembly on waste on 29th April, with a focus on fashion.  This was followed by a Re-Love event in school, in which Hall boys, their friends and families donated clothing and shoes which were sorted… for their new purpose! Some were recycled as material, some were donated to those in need and some were good enough to sell at a fun evening event held in the MS hall. Vintage is cool!
  • We introduced school ties from re-cycled materials

Saving Energy

Smart metres were installed by the school’s energy supplier; smart metering and data visualisation helped us monitor our consumption, be more sustainable and lower costs. Following our ‘Switch-Off’ campaign from January to February 2020, smart meters recorded near-real-time data from the Reception Department building, the Junior and Middle School buildings. The campaign resulted in: a saving of 746kWh (4.6%) across the 3 monitored sites

A consistent improvement from the first to last week of the campaign for the Middle and Junior schools:

  • The Junior School used 42kWh less
  • The Middle School used 39kWh less
  • An overall saving of 151kg of CO2 (based on a grid average calculation), equivalent to filling over one shipping container with CO2
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