Harrow's Environmental Committee, with representatives from beaks (teachers), support staff and boys, meets termly to further the School’s sustainability agenda.
Our Environmental Sustainability Policy, Strategy and Plan can be found here. Recent sustainability actions include:
- Providing Belu water bottles (made from 50% recycled plastic) with packed meals, while also encouraging staff to drink the potable tap water which is widely available across the estate;
- Replacing plastic teaspoons with metal spoons, removing plastic sauce pots and replacing plastic cups with an alternative made from corn starch;
- Providing fully compostable salad containers and baguette bags;
- Sourcing recyclable, unbleached napkins, and disposable plates and cutlery;
- Sourcing local produce where possible;
- Considering the introduction of meat-free days in the School menu;
- Exploring the purchase of a Waste Master machine, which transforms food waste into an odourless, compost-like residue within 24 hours and reduces the volume of food waste by 50%;
- Replacing conventional bulbs with LEDs across the estate;
- Installing new boilers and thermostatic radiators in boarding houses;
- Regularly monitoring the wildlife and clearance of overgrown hedgerows, to promote grow-back of sustainable hedges as well as flora and fauna; and
- Partnering with The Woodland Trust and Eco Schools to enable local maintained primary and secondary schools to use the School estate to achieve Green accreditation.