Ulidia Integrated College Achieve Zero Waste with ISL
Ulidia Integrated College
Ulidia Integrated College in Belfast has been working with ISL Waste since 2010 building a strong relationship that has seen the school become the first, and to date the only, post primary school to achieve zero waste status.
Ulidia’s Energy App
The close partnership formed with the ISL team also contributed to four Geography Year 12 students scooping the top place as winners of the AES Eco Challenge for their energy app in 2014 while the School’s eco team were shortlisted for the 10th anniversary Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards in the Green award category in May 2016.
Sandra Patterson, Head of Geography at the college is delighted with what has been achieved.
“We first engaged with ISL Waste at the planning stages of the zero waste project, when Joe McCrystal came to the college to meet the eco team. He undertook a complete audit and put forward a zero waste proposal which came to fruition after just six months by effectively segregating our food and dry mixed recyclables and sending the residual proportion for energy recovery.”
“This relationship was developed further when ISL partnered Ulidia within the AES eco-challenge, and together we created an energy app. Our team of four students joined the competition in November 2014 with the idea of creating a free to download app which would support KS3 Science and Geography students. As the winners, they were then given £5000 from AES in January 2015 to put their plan into action. To date, the “Ulidia Energy App” has been downloaded 300 times, by both members of Ulidia College and the wider community.”
The app can be downloaded from the school website and can also here.
ISL Waste Join Ulidia For Green Day
“Over the years the college has toured the ISL recycling plant in Mallusk and we have visited the college to talk to pupils as part of their annual Green Day event, explains Joe McCrystal.”
“This relationship has been hugely beneficial for both Ulidia College and ISL, allowing members of the eco team to develop skills that will help them in the world of employment while we increase awareness of the environmental benefits of zero waste and recycling among the pupils and the wider community. We look forward to seeing where this strong relationship will take us in the future.”
Members of the ISL team recently accompanied a group of Ulidia students on a litter picking exercise in Carrickfergus centre.
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