REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE!
The CE2 and CM1 Classes Visit the Waste Sorting Factory
On Monday 4 April, our CE2 class and a class of CM1 went in the coach to visit the Waste Sorting Centre, Sidompe, in Thierval Grignon.
When we arrived, a guide invited us to go inside. We did a little game to see if we knew how long it takes for different pieces of waste to disappear into nature. Then we watched a film about how the factory works. It was very interesting. After that we put on our yellow jackets for protection and headsets to hear what our guide was saying. When we were inside the sorting factory, we saw some big mountains of waste. It was very impressive to see all the waste in this sorting centre. There were lots of noisy machines. It smelled of old waste; it was horrible. Some of us covered our noses with our jackets!
At the end of the factory visit, we saw how the sorted waste is transformed into huge cubes. These are used to make new objects. For example, old milk cartons can be turned into toilet paper; plastic bottles can be used to make the stuffing in a cuddly toy or even to make a warm fleece we can wear in winter. Some of the waste is burned to make energy to heat our homes!
Did you know that it takes 3 months for a paper tissue to disintegrate completely into the environment, 2 years for a cigarette butt, 5 years for chewing gum, between 100 and 1,000 years for a plastic bag, and 4,000 years for a glass bottle? This is why we mustn't throw rubbish into nature, and we must recycle our paper, plastic and glass to make new objects.
By Alix Baudouin and Hortense Lapie, CE2 Integrated