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Cullompton Community College start their onsite food waste recycling scheme with a Big Bang!

Cullompton Community College start their onsite food waste recycling scheme with a Big Bang!

 

One of our latest and more interesting deliveries was to a secondary school, Cullompton Community College. Many schools opt to recycle their food waste with a Ridan but what was interesting about this delivery was it was all instigated, researched and pioneered by the students.

cullompton community college students show off their new Ridan food waste composter.
cullompton community college students show off their Ridan food waste composter.

The students took part in an annual Go4Set competition which takes place over 10 weeks and sees a small team of 12-14 year olds tackle a project aimed at bringing education and industry together. The projects are often based around the school building or an aspect of the local community and designed to inspire students towards a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and Math) career. The Go4Set group from Cullompton took their ideas to the Big Bang Fair in Exeter, returning victorious they were determined to see their ideas implemented. Starting with their very own Ridan food waste composter!

With a Ridan the school will be able to recycle ALL their kitchen food waste into quality compost that will be spread on the school grounds.

This closed loop system is a fantastic demonstration of sustainability for all students, staff and parents.   ‘Cullompton Community College, located in East Devon, is a caring, friendly and high achieving community of learners of  529 students aged 11-16.’ The students who started the project are currently working with the present year 7s to develop a Green team to take the project forward and oversee the management of the Ridan composter.  Projects like the Go4Set project are fantastic opportunities for students; but to see a school actually take the next step and implement the students’ findings is great.  It illustrates to the great minds of tomorrow that with hard work and researched evidence they can influence and improve the world around them.