EDF Energy’s schools programme launches national ‘Waste Week’ campaign
Hundreds of thousands of young people across the country have signed up to take part in ‘Waste Week’, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
More than 1,970 schools and community groups across the country are getting involved in this year’s campaign, which is run by EDF Energy’s education programme, The Pod. Waste Week is targeted at students aged 4 to 14 and takes place during a week of their choice in March.
This year’s campaign looks at two of the most common types of waste: food and plastics. Waste and recycling charity WRAP estimates that food waste accounts for almost half of the waste generated from primary schools and almost a third of waste from secondary schools in England*. While more than 6.28 billion household plastic bottles go to landfill each year .
Students will be completing a range of activities throughout March to help everyone reduce food and plastic waste, including investigating their own food waste habits, identifying opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle and looking at pioneering new design and technologies in recycling and waste reduction. All the activities have been designed to not only get students to change the way they think about rubbish, but also to spark an early interest in science and engineering.
Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager, said: “It’s great to see so many schools getting involved in this year’s Waste Week. We hope that the campaign will spark year-round behaviour change and encourage more people than ever to reduce, reuse and recycle. We hope everyone will go to the Pod during March and download our fascinating waste facts each day.”
Students are encouraged to blog, make pledges and post photos about their Waste Week experiences on www.jointhepod.org to share with other schools, as well as passing on their knowledge at home to their families and friends.
Since its launch in 2008, the Pod has registered over 19,000 schools and engaged in excess of 10 million school children. The Pod works closely with a number of key and influential partners including the Met Office, the British Science Association and Eco-Schools England and Scotland. Joining in with Waste Week can help a school reach its Eco-Schools Bronze, Silver, and Green Flag award.
The programme also works closely with the Met Office, Wastebuster and the British Science Association to design and deliver its content and resources.
An assortment of free resources can be downloaded from www.jointhepod.org to support schools with Waste Week, such as such as lesson plans, games, videos, posters, certificates and practical activities.
To sign up to Waste Week and for more information on EDF Energy’s The Pod, visit www.jointhepod.org/wasteweek.
 SOURCE: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/food-waste-schools-report
 SOURCE: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/fast-facts-plastics
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Notes to editors
The Pod, EDF Energy’s programme for schools
Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools. It was developed to help EDF Energy meet its Sustainability Commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy. The Pod now has some 19,000 registered schools and community groups, and seeks to engage young people on energy, science and sustainability. It aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical support, activities and materials for teachers.
www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers providing free lesson plans, activities, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The ethos of the Pod is ‘Share your ideas and inspire each other’, which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.
To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/