Rewards for going greener

Pupils at Grange View C of E school recycling
Pupils at Grange View C of E school recycling

SCHOOLS across Northumberland are being urged to take part in an initiative that will help them with three environmental r’s – reduce, re-use and recycle.

The recycling points challenge, one of the strands of the LOVE Northumberland campaign, was introduced to encourage staff and pupils to look at how they might improve recycling and lower their waste levels.

Schools gain points for the different activities that they choose to do and compete with others to achieve the highest score. Grange View First School in Widdrington Station were the overall winners for 2012/13.

Activity choices in the challenge include recycle a new material, run a waste free packed lunch competition design a litter or recycling poster, pledge your support to the LOVE Northumberland campaign and composting activities.

The challenge includes many activities that school councils or eco-committee groups could be involved in and ones that can involve the wider community.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “Schools are a great starting point to get communities thinking about how they dispose of their waste and get involved in waste reduction activities.”

Schools should submit their activity evidence by email, using the recycling points challenge evidence template on the webpage, by no later than Friday, May 23. The winning school and runners-up will be presented with a trophy at the LOVE Northumberland awards ceremony in July.

To find out how to take part in the 2013/14 challenge, click on the link on the school recycling homepage: www. wasteeducation or call Lorna Tingey on 01670 624425.