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Well done to all of those Respect Berries out there who have helped us by working together to achieve the Green Flag Bronze Award. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to our efforts to become a Green Flag School then talk to your class Eco representative or Mrs Swain. We'd love to hear from you so that we can all work together to make a difference to Berry Hill and beyond!


Empties Please!

Used printer cartridge recycling

As part of our work towards our Eco-Schools award we are committed to reducing waste and recycling more, both in school and in our homes. The Eco-Committee has been looking at ways to do this and have decided to work with a company called ‘Empties Please’. They collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges and will donate any money raised back to us.

It’s very simple. All we have to do is collect used ink cartridges and toner cartridges and put them into the collection bin, in one of the bags provided, which is situated in the reception area in school. ‘Empties Please’ will collect the bin when it is full and then donate the money raised back to school with a certificate to display showing how much we have raised through our recycling. We may also qualify for their Green Rewards scheme if we collect enough. You can collect cartridges from absolutely anywhere – school, work, home, clubs, friends and family. The more we can collect the better and as it takes up to 1000 years for a printer cartridge to decompose it is an environmentally friendly way for you to dispose of your printer cartridges whilst helping us at the same time!

Toners accepted: original branded Brother, Cannon, Dell and Epson toner cartridges

Ink cartridges accepted: original branded Cannon, HP, Lexmark and Samsung ink cartridges

Please make sure you put all cartridges in one of the bags provided before placing in the collection bin.

Thank you for your help.




This year’s eco-committee have had a very busy year working towards the bronze Eco-Schools award. In February Richard Smith from the company School Energy Efficiency came and did an energy audit to help us understand our energy usage and how we can improve it. The report inspired the Eco-Committee to launch a ‘Switch it Off!’ campaign, which they did during Key Stage assemblies.

Committee members completed reviews of the 9 eco-schools areas (Litter, Waste, Energy, Water, Global Perspective, School Grounds, Biodiversity, Transport, Healthy living). We will be using the results of these reviews to inform our Action Plan.

The Committee members have also enjoyed visits to the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility to find out more about recycling and to talk to the East Midlands in Bloom judges at King George V Park.

A big thank you and well done to this year’s Eco Committee, we look forward to working with new committee members from September.