The three Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse
During the current academic year all of the borough’s public primary schools have been taking part in an educational environmental project, “Adeje Limpio y Circular”, with the main objective being to encourage a culture of recycling in the school population. The project also encouraged the children to think of ways to contribute to the improvement of their local surrounds and environment.
The schools and the students took the project very seriously and competition was quite fierce among the different centres, all working hard to offer the best possible solutions to save and care for the local environment. With all the results in, the winners were CEIP Tijoco Bajo, followed by CEIP Barranco de Las Torres, and CEIP Los Olivos. Special mentions were awarded to the Armeñime, Fañabe and Adeje Casco primary schools, as, said the judges, the points difference between the schools was very small indeed.
The project was made possible thanks to the Adeje Council with the co-operation of the Fundación Canarias Recicla Ecoembes, the schools, and UTE ASCAN TORRABONAR. Attending the prize giving were representatives of the different schools as well as the participating companies and the Adeje council.
The Adeje council recognised the work and effort of the schools community on the project, which began in earnest after the Christmas holidays. Students worked and learnt through a series of didactic activities which allowed them learn and appreciate the difficulty rubbish disposal poses, and the importance of reduction and proper management.
The schools were judged through a series of Eco-Challenges, which were to be used in ‘real life’. These were to highlight the campaign itself through social media and other school media adding to the community awareness of the issues at hand. The pupils also had to concentrate on presenting a creative and studied solution to the problems in their local environment, taking diversity and the inclusion of people with special needs into account.
The campaign works to raise awareness of the importance of the correct separation of waste for the yellow, blue and green containers as well as encouraging people to use them. The direct and indirect problems rubbish can cause for the environment and the importance of the 3Rs – reduce, recycle, reuse – were also key elements in the campaign. The judges were favourable impressed too by personal initiatives among each student group that contribute to a change in attitudes towards a care for the environment, getting to know the UTE ASCAN TORRABONAF installation, the company that manages waste disposal and recycling in the borough. The need to understand the social, economic and cultural impact that waste can have on our environment was another part of the learning curve.
Department of Communications