Fenland school children learn how to recycle in district-wide initiative

PUBLISHED: 15:09 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 20 July 2018

Overall Getting It Sorted competition winner Justina Dambraskaite, 9 (front, centre) is pictured with under 9s winner Lewis Godbald (front, right) and under 9s runner-up Cassey Marie Dolan, 8, all from Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech. They are pictured with Amy Robinson, Fenland District Council’s Getting It Sorted project lead, and Orchards headteacher Jaynie Lynch. Picture: Submitted

Overall Getting It Sorted competition winner Justina Dambraskaite, 9 (front, centre) is pictured with under 9s winner Lewis Godbald (front, right) and under 9s runner-up Cassey Marie Dolan, 8, all from Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech. They are pictured with Amy Robinson, Fenland District Council's Getting It Sorted project lead, and Orchards headteacher Jaynie Lynch. Picture: Submitted

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More than 5,600 school children from across Fenland have been learning how to recycle in a district-wide initiative to reduce environmental pollution.

Winner of the best independent recycling storyboard Madeleine Pooley, 10, and runner-up Joshua Sustins, 10, both from Cavalry Primary School, March, receive their prizes from Amy Robinson, Fenland District Council’s Getting It Sorted project lead. Picture: SubmittedWinner of the best independent recycling storyboard Madeleine Pooley, 10, and runner-up Joshua Sustins, 10, both from Cavalry Primary School, March, receive their prizes from Amy Robinson, Fenland District Council’s Getting It Sorted project lead. Picture: Submitted

Staff at Fenland District Council and volunteers hosted educational activities for pupils from local schools as part of the council’s ‘Getting It Sorted’ campaign.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, who helped judge the competition entries, said: “We were blown away by the hundreds of entries received and were presented with a tough task when choosing the winners.

“The competition was a great way of encouraging young people to think about how to be responsible with rubbish and helps them learn valuable recycling lessons they can use not only at school but also at home too.”

Pupils have been learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the initiative. They also took part in a recycling story competition to win a year’s free recycling service for their school.

The competition winner was nine-year-old Justina Dambraskaite, of Orchard’s Church of England Primary School in Wisbech.

She won a year’s free recycling service for her school along with a range of fully-recycled prizes for herself.

The runner-up was 11-year-old Charley Gardner of Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.

The under nine winner was five-year-old Lewis Godbald from Orchard’s primary and eight-year-old Cassey Marie Dolan, of the same school, was the runner-up prize winner.

Ten-year-old Madeleine Pooley from Cavalry Primary School in March won the best independent recycling storyboard with runner-up Joshua Sustins, 10, also from Cavalry Primary School.

The judges also awarded a dedicated recycler prize to a 14-year-old student from Meadowgate School in Wisbech for her outstanding recycling knowledge and competition entry

A spokesman said: “All the children taking part in the competition received a Getting It Sorted certificate and recycling promotional materials to help them with their future recycling efforts.”

For more information about the project, to become a volunteer or request a recycling event for your local community group or school, contact Amy Robinson, the council’s environmental project officer on: 01354 654321, via email: gettingitsorted@fenland.gov.uk or visit www.fenland.gov.uk/volunteers

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