The Green-Schools committee was established in September 2003, comprising the school secretary, two teachers, one classroom assistant (who is also the co-ordinator), and one pupil aged 13. This pupil already had a great interest in tidying up and organizing waste collection. Any reports, minutes of meetings and paper work are written up by staff, while pupils are the main operators in all practical work.
The Environmental review was carried out by the committee. Prior to starting the programme, St. Brid’s had no provision for recycling. Two large wheelie bins were being sent to landfill per week. These bins were usually over-flowing. There was no composting in operation. The committee identified that the school did not have a litter problem. The main aim therefore of the school was to greatly reduce the waste going to landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.