Schools get their recycling sorted

PUBLISHED: 13:34 20 April 2007 | UPDATED: 22:44 28 May 2010

TWENTY-five schools across Fenland are now getting into the recycling habit and looking at what they can do with their waste for a better environment and a better future. An extension of the successful Getting It Sorted campaign, provided by Fenland Distr

TWENTY-five schools across Fenland are now getting into the recycling habit and looking at what they can do with their waste for a better environment and a better future.

An extension of the successful Getting It Sorted campaign, provided by Fenland District Council, is now to include schools. This programme involves providing the schools with education in assemblies or lessons and extra classroom bins for them to get involved and make a difference.

Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey, has gone one step further. It has started its own recycling club, which encourages competition between classes, with prizes at stake for the best recyclers.

This thirst for more sustainable living has led to the school applying to become an eco school, the third in the Fenland area.

Richard Cassidy, the council's director of environment and leisure, said: "This project has been very well received and is helping to improve the amount of waste being recycled. We are keen to encourage youngsters to acquire the recycling habit as early as possible, and this initiative is very encouraging.

"Fenland is already among the top recyclers in the country and it is down to local people getting involved."

Tips for recycling

- Blue bin: Paper, newspaper, clean cardboard, food cans, plastic bottles, 'Tetra-Pak' cartons and aerosol cans, but NO GLASS.

- Brown bin: Garden waste, shredded paper, vegetable peelings, cooked and uncooked food waste and any other cardboard (including dirty cardboard such as pizza boxes), but NO PLASTIC BAGS.

- Refuse bin: Other general waste, including nappies (if not using washable nappies), but NO LIQUIDS.

- Local recycling sites: Glass bottles and glass jars (visit www.recycle-more.org).

- Local household waste sites: A range of materials, see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment, www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/environment or call 0845 045 5207.

- Business and commercial waste: Consult Yellow Pages to find registered waste recycling and disposal companies.

Residents can call 01354 654321 for more details about recycling and Getting It Sorted.

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