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Events and activities

We recognise the benefit of working with children in north London and offer a range of free projects and activities to schools. Please get in touch with us if your school would be interested to take part in any forthcoming projects or if you have any feedback or suggestions. Over recent years, the following projects took place:

Art installation project

NLWA commissioned artists Dallas Pierce Quintero to work with pupils in one primary school in each north London borough to develop festive waste prevention art installations. The artists spent an afternoon in each school, explaining the problem of food waste and therefore, the purpose of the installations. Each sculpture represented one of the most common types of food that get wasted; baked goods, drinks, vegetables, salad, fruit and leftover food. Pupils used waste materials to make models of these food types and they were later displayed in a case, visible through a transparent cut-out in the shape of a Christmas tree. The installations were erected during European Week for Waste Reduction at the end of November and remained in situ until the start of January 2015.

Watch our film 'Message in a bauble', which tracks the development of the project and work with schools.

Great Taste, Less Waste performances

As part of celebrations for European Week for Waste Reduction, we arranged for theatre company Circus Takeaway to carry out food waste reduction performances in each primary school participating in our intensive education programme. The show taught pupils about the environmental problems caused by biodegradable waste and the financial benefits of not throwing food away needlessly. The shows were entertaining and interactive, providing practical strategies for reducing food waste both at school and at home.

Intensive education programme

Environmental education charity, ecoACTIVE, are working on our behalf to deliver an intensive educational programme of waste prevention and recycling sessions in two schools in each north London borough. The project runs over the autumn and spring terms, covering topics of food waste reduction, textiles reuse/recycling and waste electrical and electronic equipment reuse/recycling. Schools chose from a range of session types, which include waste audits, school ‘swishing’ (or clothes swapping) events, assemblies or parent coffee mornings. Evaluation of the project is carried out using a quiz, given to pupils before, and again, after the sessions and a staff questionnaire.

Compost Crusaders shows

For the last two years, we have marked Compost Awareness Week by offering free shows to two primary schools in each of the north London boroughs (see photo above). Theatre company Circus Takeaway delivered the ‘Compost Crusaders’ performances, which explained the science of the composting process and the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of composting - all in a fun and interactive way. Pupils took home a fun activity leaflet, which provided information to parents about composting and how to obtain a compost bin or wormery.

Feedback about the performances was entirely positive, gained via a feedback questionnaire for staff and a follow-up workshop for pupils was held later in the year.

Useful links

There are a number of tools and resources available to schools on the theme of waste prevention or sustainability. For more information visit our Teaching resources page or visit any of the following websites: