New exciting service launched this week for the Devon Area

Launched this week our new FEL ( front end loader ) service for businesses in the Devon area that want to recycle the waste they currently send to landfill. These containers are currently only available from national suppliers who with the exception of pre-sorted recycling send all the contents to landfill in the Devon area.

We can match your current providers quotation and recycle all the contents with the attention to detail that you only get with a local company.

Zero to hero front loaders

Scania refuse collection vehicles

7th October saw the delivery of two new Scania refuse collection vehicles. These new trucks have the very latest technology in compaction and complete with the very latest Euro 5 engines reduce dramatically the impact on the Environment. These new vehicles will be serving our commercial clients in Exeter , Mid Devon, East Devon , West Devon and Teignbridge areas.

These new vehicles have now increased our fleet to 19 vehicles serving the business community of Devon.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE WASTE REGULATIONS.

The Waste ( England and Wales) Regulations 2011 will require businesses to confirm that they have applied the waste management hierarchy when transferring waste. This is effective from 28th September 2011.

The hierarchy sets out , in order of priority , the waste management options you should consider:

1, prevention
2, preparing for reuse
3, recycling
4, recovery, eg energy recovery
5, disposal.

In plain English what this means is you now have a legal requirement to treat your waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy , preventing it in the first place , reusing it and recycling it.

Clearly every business has different requirements and on site issues where separation is simply not viable but with our help you can still meet this new legislation.

We can recycle the following waste streams.

Construction waste * glass bottles * food waste * card/paper * plastic * tins & cans * data waste

In April 2012 so long as food and glass is removed from your bins the remaining waste can be treated on your behalf at our new materials recycling facility in Exeter that will use the latest technology in optical sorting to separate up to 70% for recycling.

For help with recycling and money saving programs do not hesitate to contract our sales department by phone or e-mail your enquiry to sales@dcw.co.uk. For those of you that already recycle you may well already be compliant but we can advise you on further options if applicable.

Improving the School Environment in Sanankoroba, Kati, Mali

Improving the School Environment in Sanankoroba, Kati, Mali

Final Report: August 2010

Project Goals
The overall aim of the project is to give children in Sanankoroba village, Kati easier access to a good quality education by June 30, 2010.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To reduce the number of pupils per class by constructing new classrooms
  • To improve the school environment by planting trees for shade
  • Allow children the opportunity to study in better conditions
  • To facilitate the establishment of a school management committee which children can actively take part in, helping to implement a ‘child friendly’ school concept

Background
Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over 72% of the population living on less than $1 a day. Children in Mali are faced with one of the worst chances of survival and have extremely low school enrolment rates. A staggering 60% of all children do not attend primary school and one quarter of 15 – 24 year olds are unable to read or write. One of the key problems is the poor quality of education and educational facilities.

In the project area, the school facilities were insufficient and classrooms were over-crowded with more than 100 students per class. Most children have, therefore, been unable to complete school and fulfill their potential. Among children enrolled in Grade One, only 40% reach Grade Ten or secondary school. It has therefore been necessary to improve the quality of education so that more children can complete Grade Six and have the opportunity to continue their education.

Children at the school in Sanankoroba
Children at the school in Sanankoroba

Activities Achieved
No major difficulties were encountered during implementation. The following activities (shown as separate posts), which were outlined in the initial project plan has now been achieved:

Utilising the new facilities and celebrating success

March 10 – June 2010: Utilising the new facilities and celebrating success
For the duration of the last term, children have been studying in the three new fully equipped classrooms. The teachers are delighted with the new classrooms which have halved class sizes and given students a better learning environment. Now lessons are delivered with more ease and students have increased levels of concentration. Year Nine pupils were celebrating their successful exam results, of which there was an 85% pass rate; a great improvement on previous years.

Impact
This project has had a positive and profound impact on the local community and there have been significant advancements in creating a dramatically improved school environment and enhancing educational access. The activities undertaken as part of this project have enabled students at Sanankoroba to learn and grow in a safe and engaging environment. By improving quality of education the project will help to increase the percentage of children that complete their primary education in future years.

The construction of three new classrooms has directly benefited 1,008 children. It has enabled the school to reduce class sizes in the 10 existing classrooms. Where 95 to 100 pupils were sharing a class room, it has now been minimised to 50 pupils per class.

The purchase and planting of seedlings, when grown, will enable students to stay in shaded areas during their breaks from class. By learning how to care for the trees under guidance of the Forestry Service, the children have also developed skills and demonstrated team work and responsibility.

The training sessions of the School Management Committee has and will continue to build capacity to manage their school in the long run. The committee is now in charge of maintaining the school infrastructure.

Contracts have been put into place where support from the Ministry of Education and the rural communal councils have agreed to pay for long term maintenance of the new classrooms, along with costs of the school including teachers’ salaries and learning materials.

Community Involvement, Sustainability and Integration
Throughout this project there was a high level of community participation. The following groups were involved in the implementation of the project; The Ministry of Education, The Forestry Service, the Mayor, village councils and the school authorities. They maintained a regular presence at the school construction site.

The Ministry of Education’s representatives, the Mayor and his councillors have overseen and given training to the school management committee and the children’s government committee to ensure that they know how to look after and maintain the school grounds. The Mayor also assisted in supplying the raw materials for the building work. The community have matched Devon Contract Waste’s donation of 600,000 FCFA for the school maintenance account. The account will be managed by the School Management Committee.

The Forestry Service gave training to the pupils on how to look after the seedlings and young trees.

SalimataSalimata, Year Nine pupil
“The project of building three new classrooms and equipping them was welcome, for it helped us. We were too many pupils sharing the same classroom. We had difficulties in following what the teachers were saying. The teachers also had problems to coach each pupil because of the large number in the same room. From the training sessions we were offered, we know now what our roles and responsibilities are at school. I thank Devon Contract Waste and Plan for the assistance they gave to us.”

DrissaDrissa T, Member of the School Management Committee
“We are very happy for the implementation of this project that will allow our children to have good quality education. The classrooms won’t be too crowded and teachers will be better able to deliver lessons. The School Management Committee are showing what they learnt in training by ensuring that the Child Friendly School Concept is developed. We thank Devon Contract Waste and Plan for the important
assistance they have given our community.”

Monitoring and Evaluation
The commitment to the regulatory and monitoring processes has ensured that this project is completed to a high standard. During the reporting period, representatives from the local government, the Mayor and the community visited the construction site regularly, to review the activities taking place and to ensure that all standards that were set, have been met. Plan staff, as with all Plan projects, were also involved in the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project and will continue to do so even after completion.

Problems Encountered
No major problems occurred during the project period, although a small number of trees did not survive once planted and plan to be replaced.


Budget Breakdown
Since the last report money has been spent on establishing an ongoing maintainance fund for the school (which the community has also contributed to) and for the official inauguration ceremony, totalling £1,479. Please see the budget breakdown on the following page for more details. The total expenditure on the project has been £24,742 of the total of £25,450 that was initially donated. We propose to Devon Contract Waste that the remaining £708 goes forward to your next project.

ACTIVITIES Budget Expenditure Expenditure
COST IN FCFA COST IN FCFA COST GBP
1. Construct three classrooms
1.1 Digging (excavation and fill) 270,000
1.2 Reinforced concrete and masonries 5,700,000
1.3 Framework cover and roof 4,758,000
1.4 Carpentry work 1,400,000
1.5 Coating, roughcasting 1,100,000
1.6 Painting 900,000
Sub total 1 14,128,000 12,881,607 £17,319
2. Equipment
2.1 Equipment of three classrooms 4,000,000
Sub total 2 4,000,000 3,996,000 £5,373
4. Training on tree seedlings, School Maintain and Child friendly School Concept
4.1 Train children to plant and maintain seedlings in school yard 125,000
4.2 Training of School Government and school management committee on child friendly school concept 150,000
4.3 Purchase one hundred seedlings 150,000
Sub total 3 425,000 425,000 £571
4. Maintenance and Inauguration ceremony
Ongoing maintenance budget 600,000
Inauguration ceremony 500,000
Sub total 4 1,100,000 1,100,000 £1,479
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 19,653,000 18,402,607 £24,742
Total Income total (£) £25,450
Remaining £708

The classroom almost complete and trees planted

The classroom almost complete and trees planted Feb 10 – April 10: Inauguration Ceremony
Since January, children have been studying in the three new classrooms which are fully equipped with tables, benches, desk, and cupboards. From the training all committee members are aware of their roles and responsibilities. An inauguration ceremony was held and attended by the Mayor, State Representatives, members of the community, School Management Committee and students on 17th April 2010 in Sanankoroba.