Local school recycling their electrical items

We were pleased to get out of the office earlier this week and take a visit out to the beautiful countryside around Shrewsbury to be hosted by Headteacher Mrs. Wooley and her team at St. Lucias CoE Primary School in the village of Upton Magna.

The school is one of several who have been enthusiastically taking part in a recycling competition we have organised in partnership with Veolia and Arbitel Recycling - trying to win themselves £500 by recycling the most electrical items.   The competition aims to make it easier for people to recycle by providing a convenient local drop off point at their local school, raise awareness of the fact that you can recycle any electrical items in Shropshire at our Household Recycling Centres and inspire the next generation to be greener.

Mrs. Wooley explained how the project also had academic benefits, directly linking to the national curriculum and contributing towards the schools Eco-schools programme.  She also highlighted that if they succeed in the competition they would like to invest their winnings in developing their forest garden to enhance environmental education opportunities on site.

We were all impressed that within just a few days the school has almost filled the skip already as pupils, parents and teachers have all brought in items ranging from little battery powered gadgets to mobile phones, kettles, toasters right up to large tumble driers and fridges.   And the children were fantastic, really enthusiastic and knowledgable, a true credit to their school.

I'm sure if they keep up this momentum they will be one of the top schools in the competition come the final reckoning.  Any schools in Shropshire who want to get involved should contact Arbitel Recycling on 01743 295 000 or visit www.arbitelrecycling.com   

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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