What is waste?
Waste is an unwanted or unsalable substance or material. In the past, Ireland sent almost all waste to landfill. However, over the last ten years, Ireland has moved towards a more sophisticated infrastructure of waste recovery and recycling activities. In 2004, a National Waste Prevention Programme was launched in Ireland, led by the EPA and in 2012 “A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy in Ireland” was launched with the aim of moving Ireland away from landfill and towards more waste reduction and recovery. Ireland is well on its way to meeting both the national targets and the EU recovery/recycling obligations but much more still needs to be done. We can all play our part in helping to meet these targets. We at Gaelscoil Bhréifne are aiming to do your bit and educate the future generations by teaching them how to protect the world in which they live.
Our Green Schools Committee
We have an excellent Green Schools Committee who have monthly meetings with the three staff members, Múinteoir Siubhán, Múinteoir Louise and our school secretary Marina, who are coordinating the Green Schools initiative. The Green-Schools programme gives pupils an opportunity to take ownership of an environmental issue and create a positive change in their local community. Taking an active role in achieving an international environmental award is a prestigious achievement and will be a notable addition to a pupil’s curriculum vitae. Being part of a Green-Schools Committee builds pupil confidence, ability to solve problems, communication and organisation skills. Many pupils have used this experience to win membership of Student Councils and Green-Schools Committees at the university level.
Here is our 2019-2020 Green Schools Committee: Harriet, Caitríona, Eiméid, Emmet, Roxanna, Mirella and Elliot.