SMEDAR East Sussex Europe InterregIVa

Waste in action

Education in sustainability

Within the scope of the "Waste in action" project, many operations are undertaken by the different partners in order to increase the awareness of the younger members of the population with regard to sustainability and waste management. The "ETAPE" and "Waste and Resource Efficiency" projects show the dedication of SMÉDAR and East Sussex County Council (together with Veolia ES) to this domain.

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Secondary Schools Taking Part in Sustainability Schemes

"ETAPE", (Etablissement Acteur pour la Protection de l'Environnement – Schools Working for the Protection of the Environment"), is the name of the project implemented by SMÉDAR, aiming at assisting seven secondary schools in a recycling and waste reduction scheme. For their part, East Sussex County Council is developing a similar project with schools: "Waste and Resource Efficiency".

In France and in England, the targeted schools have special materials designed to facilitate learning. So, SMÉDAR wants to create an educational package for teachers. The concept of a theatre workshop, that is adapted to the theme of waste, is being developed and is presented in schools.

This is all supplemented by other action on both sides of the Channel, within schools themselves and more particularly in canteens. Audits are carried out to study the waste sources available and means of optimization are identified. Training courses are offered to teachers and staff in schools. Support and advice are given to primary and secondary schools, to help them reduce their waste and energy consumption.

School Children Trained as Ambassadors

Moreover, East Sussex is offering schools a campaign of public awareness for waste sorting. "Sorting Ambassadors" are recruited amongst the inhabitants and trained by the school children. These inhabitants commit themselves to reducing their daily quantity of waste by simple gestures that are nevertheless efficient. The whole operation will be promoted by an advertising campaign.

Finally, a youth parliament will be organized in 2010 in England, and young French people will also partake.

A Novel Fashion Parade!

A novel fashion parade! On 26th November 2009, a fashion parade was held at Eastbourne, in England. A class from the Lycée Elisa Lemonnier in Petit-Quevilly replied to the invitation of the British partners and crossed the Channel in order to present clothes made out of recovered objects and remnants of material...

The aim of this event organized in Eastbourne by East Sussex County Council was to promote recovery and recycling. A challenge taken up by the participants!

Fifteen pupils from the Elisa Lemonnier School in Petit-Quevilly and their teachers accepted the invitation and joined the four English classes taking part. They crossed the Channel to present new models designed in a few weeks and made from recovered materials and remnants of cloth.

Plastic bags shaped like skirts

Plastic bags shaped like skirts, or remnants and CDs reused as tunics... not very common practice, but very rewarding! Charlène a high-school pupil "Using material recovered to make clothes enabled us to use our knowledge differently and give free vent to our imagination". The fashion parade lasted an hour and a half and enabled waste to be presented in an unexpected manner. The Lycée Lemonnier was the fifth school to take to the stage, and had organized its fashion parade in three stages: the calm sea, the polluted sea and the raging sea. Their presentation was very successful with the general public.

This trip was organized within the scope of the project "Waste in action", combining SMÉDAR and East Sussex County Council. It is a physical illustration of Franco-British co-operation. On both sides of the Channel, recycling and recovery are serious concerns.

All the participants - pupils and the general public- have been able to realize that waste can often be recycled and reused. Real proof if necessary, that it is possible to reduce one's waste!