Pupils at a Halstead school learnt all about how reducing, reusing and recycling can help solve the problem of food waste in the UK. In a special assembly, children at Richard de Clare primary school found out about how much food is wasted in the UK and what they can do to help reduce it.

Tamar Energy operates an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in the town. Tamar Energy’s Head of Operational Support, Dawn Revens used photos of the AD plant to show the children how food scraps thrown away by local homes are converted into electricity. The AD facility produces enough energy to power more than 4,000 homes, from approximately 45,000 tonnes of food waste per year that could otherwise end up in landfill.

Dawn also introduced the pupils to the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign. The government-backed campaign is aimed at encouraging people to waste less food by raising awareness of just how much we all throw away each year.

Dawn said: “It’s been a really successful day introducing ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ to a new generation. The children understood that we all have a role to play in dealing with reducing food waste, and were really interested in how renewable energy can be created from unavoidable food scraps.”

Richard de Clare head teacher, Sarah Donnelly, agrees: “The children are enthusiastic about being eco-friendly, and having an insight into what is happening locally at the Halstead AD plant brought this to life for them. We’ve all been given a real sense that we can all do something.”

The visit was organised after Tamar Energy donated books about sustainability and the environment to five local primary schools around Halstead. The donation of the books from the “Barney and Echo” series of publications is part of a citizenship and community initiative by the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain for primary school aged children, designed to support teachers and parents.

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