VCB's Main Eco Targets:
Litter and Waste Minimisation
Victoria College Belfast's Eco Committee
2A Cranmore Park
Victoria College has been awarded a prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag by the environmental charity TIDY Northern Ireland.
The Eco-Schools Programme is the world’s largest Environmental Education programme and aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. In Northern Ireland Eco-Schools is sponsored by Airtricity and it participatory approach and combination of learning and action makes it an ideal way for schools to begin improving the environments of schools and their local communities. (see more)
Upcycling is becoming increasingly popular among groups and individuals concerned about climate change. Recycling is great but it requires energy and resources to collect, sort and process unwanted items and waste.
Upcycling is an even greener way of recycling – you find a new purpose for your unwanted items before you chuck them away. It’s all about taking disposable things and creating something useful from them. Usually the only energy being used is your own and it can save you money too.
The need to find alternative ways to deal with our waste has never been greater – across Britain we throw a staggering amount of stuff into landfill. (see more)
Drumglass Park will reopen this summer with a fresh new look.
The popular park (on Lisburn Road) closed in April to allow the first phase of upgrade works to be carried out before the holidays, along with essential repairs by NI Water.
This £420,000 refurbishment is part of our Investment Programme.
•Realignment and resurfaced paths for better access;
•New benches and bins;
•A new entrance at Cranmore Park; and
•An upgraded drainage system to reduce the wet grass areas.
School pupils in Belfast City Council attended a Celebration Event in 2013 and 2014 run by TIDYNorthern Ireland and Belfast City Council at Belfast City Hall. The celebration event included awards ceremonies for a number of environmental programmes and initiatives to include: the BEEs (Belfast Environmentally Efficient Schools) Competition, Eco-Schools Programme and Eco-Home Programme.
Through the new and exciting BEEs Competition, supported by Belfast City Council and the Department of Environment’s Rethink Waste Initiative, pupils in schools all over Belfast City Council were encouraged to collaborate and communicate an imaginative and innovative environmental development plan for their school. Eco-Committee pupils... (see more)
Working Towards Zero Waste
This past year has been our best ever for recycling, achieving a 2013 – 14 recycling rate of 40%.
A big thanks to everyone who has been using their recycling bins and boxes at home and at school.
But there’s still plenty to do. This year Belfast’s recycling target is 45% and we must be recycling at least half of our waste by 2020. This target may even increase.
The cost of waste
As well as causing damage to the environment, sending (see more)
Helping everyone Recycle...
We aim to give everyone equal access to our waste and recycling services.
All Belfast City Council leaflets are available in Braille, audio, or large print, if requested. We can also provide blind and visually impaired residents living in areas with recycling boxes with tactile plastic plaques. These attach to the recycling boxes and allow residents to differentiate between the two colours. Similar plaques are also available to residents with brown and blue bins.
The average home creates £480 of avoidable waste food waste every year!
We need to Recycle more!
Recycling is no longer a choice for Belfast. We have to recycle at least half of our waste by 2020 or face harsh fines. To make sure we meet this target, we’ve set ourselves the ambitious challenge of recycling 50% of our rubbish by 2015.
Sending rubbish to landfill is very expensive and the price goes up every year due to increasing landfill tax.
A bin lorry filled with black bin waste cost us around £900 to dispose of. To get the same amount of waste recycled only costs £100. This means for every lorry load we switch from landfill to recycling saves the city £800. (see more)
The new eco video has been published in order to attract new members for this year's eco committee. We also made this video so we can present it to Spain in Huelva for the annual Comenius meeting and inform Tidy NI about our progress.
The video is now published on the Green Issues Homepage. (Click here to see it)
Recycling Bulky Waste
As part of Belfast’s “Towards Zero Waste Action Plan”, Belfast has committed to introducing new initiatives to help recycle more of your waste and to reach 50% recycling by 2015. One of these initiatives was to retrieve more recyclables from existing waste sources.
Since June 2013, Belfast has been recycling items through the bulky waste collection service. For those who are curious to read on then let me enlighten you further – the service is free and they will come home to your door to collect any of your large unwanted items that you may not be able to dispose of them yourself.
The service collects sofas, furniture and flooring, large electrical appliances, metals and even mattresses and the service recycles or recovers any items it can.
After six months Belfast has collected just over 700 tonnes of waste,. (see more)
Victoria College Keeps Northern Ireland Beautiful
Following the success of the inaugural SSE Airtricity and Eco-Schools Global Wind Awards, held last June, more than 1100 Eco-Schools from across Northern Ireland are once again being invited to enter this year’s Global Wind Awards as part of the Global Wind Week celebrations.
Victoria College Belfast, Irvinestown Primary School and Fairview Primary School, were notable winners at last year’s awards, and Eco-Schools will once again be invited to show the green credentials by entering the Eco-Committee of the Year and Operation Energy Project of the Year awards. (see more)
They are being heated by climate change, turned slowly less alkaline by absorbing CO2, and suffering from overfishing and pollution.
The report warns that dead zones formed by fertiliser run-off are a problem.
It says conditions are ripe for the sort of mass extinction event that has afflicted the oceans in the past.
It says: “We have been taking the ocean for granted. It has been shielding us from the worst effects of accelerating climate change by absorbing excess CO2 from the atmosphere. (see more)
Translink Travel Challenge
This year the College participated in the Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge run in partnership by TIDY Northern Ireland and Translink.
Pupils were asked to take part in this challenge over a 4-week period. We explored what transport pupils currently used to get to and from school and encouraged them to try and make sustainable improvements during this period and beyond. For example: taking the bus, train, walking or cycling – even once a week can make a big difference. We asked them to consider car sharing, where possible. (see more)
Airtricity Global Wind Award
Victoria College are winners of the Eco Schools Airtricity Global Wind Award. We were successful in the category of ‘Best Eco Committee of the Year’ award.
This event was held in the Everglades Hotel, Derry and was presented by U105 host, Frank Mitchell. The day commenced with a speech proposed by the Head of TidyNI, Carmel Fyfe. This address supplied us with further knowledge of the Eco-Schools and Green Flag process. (see more)
In all aspects of this committee the members actively encourage others to be more environmentally friendly and raise awareness of our global concern. Our biodiversity. For most of us the plants and animal species that are living in our world are underestimated. Readers, you will notice that although in the developing world we as people who live in an urban society are unaware of our most recent estimates of extinction threats for different groups of species, as well as facts and figures on the value of biodiversity and efforts to conserve it. (see more)
The Eco Game
The Eco Game is currently at the middle of its creation stage and an evaluation survey from the Eco Committee is underway. The aim of the game is to make the school more aware about the increase in litter in the junior site and also to educate them about the importance of recycling and throwing rubbish in the appropriate bins since the eco committee found that perhaps in haste, people were putting paper in plastic bins and plastic in paper bins meaning more time and money is spent on sorting the waste as well as increasing the inefficiency of the environmental strategy. The age range is from 7 - 14 years which would be the P.4, P.6, P.7, Year 8 and 9..(see more)