Liverpool based waste management company Gaskells Waste Services has kicked off 2020 off with a tour of schools across Anglesey they service with educational workshops, to speak to the children about recycling and where their waste goes after it’s left their schools in their trucks.
Gaskells has been working with Anglesey County Council for a number of years now after securing their commercial waste contract, which means they service all council buildings, including schools, council offices and libraries. Last year Anglesey became the first county in the UK to be awarded ‘plastic free’ community status by the Surfers Against Sewage, which is a reflection of how passionate people across the island are about sustainability and the future of the planet.
This starts at a very young age, so a team from Gaskells is going into schools to see some of the initiatives in place, meet some of the young ECO champions, and also speak to the children about where their waste goes when it leaves their schools.
To kick off the waste roadshow, Gaskells enlisted the help of our ‘litterbugs’, Rob from our Welsh division and Claire from our PR department, to deliver a presentation at Ysgol Goronwy Owen, and Ysgol Gymuned Moelfre. Both these schools already have bans on plastic bottles and cans of pop in place and have their own re-usable drinks containers, so the children were very keen to find out how Gaskells dealt with other waste streams
Each presentation so far has been incredibly interactive and fun with Rob and Claire showing the children all the different waste streams, how the bin trucks work, the Materials Recycling Facility in Bootle, and also giving them some facts and figures about waste, for example.. did you know on average, a family in the UK throws away approximately £800 worth of food every single year… also, it would take 25 plastic pop bottles to be recycled into one fleece jacket. There were lots of questions and answers, which was fantastic, and also, the chance to try one of Gaskells’ hard hats on for size, along with safety goggles, went down extremely well.
Rob and Claire met the Environmental Champions at each school, learned how some of them deal with people dropping litter, and also learned about litterpicks and beach cleans they’ve been on, which Gaskells are hoping to join some of them on in the future. It was great to see so many young people so passionate about our planet, so Gaskells would like to say ‘diolch’ to all the young people and staff. Rob and Claire are now very much looking forward to visiting the rest of the schools across the island.