Posted: Sat 2nd Jul 2016

Recycling Competition Winner Announced

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Jul 2nd, 2016

Easter bunny pays eggstra special visit to Treforest to crown three schools winners of the Easter Egg Recycling Challenge. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

After months sorting through the mountains of plastic, cardboard and foil – the scores are in and three very worthy schools that have gone above and beyond to recycle all Easter egg related waste have been rewarded. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The three winners collected the combined weight of 111 average 2llb dwarf bunny rabbits to scoop top prize in this year’s Easter Egg Recycling Challenge. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

St Margarets RC Primary School hopped in to scoop the top prize of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s school Easter Egg Recycling Challenge after collecting the equivalent weight of 41 bunny rabbits in recyclable materials! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They were very closely followed by Llwyncelyn Infants School and Capcoch Primary School. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The challenge, which was set in March, asked schools to collect as much Easter egg recycling material as possible and bring them in to their schools to be collected. The total number of items collected was then calculated in line with the number of pupils at the participating school to find the overall winner. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A total of 31 schools took part in the challenge which saw over 114 stones of recyclable items collected – that’s equivalent to the weight of 803 average (2llb) dwarf bunny rabbits! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The top three schools scooped cash prizes for their winning efforts with St Margarets RC Primary School receiving £300, Llwyncelyn Infants School receiving £100 and Capcoch Primary School receiving £50. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The three schools received their prizes in a special event which allowed them to see how much waste was collected by all 31 schools –The items filled a room, which showcases just how important recycling just one item each can be. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Culture, said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Congratulations must go to the pupils of all the 31 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf that took part in the competition. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“They collected an unprecedented amount that has resulted in tonnes of waste being recycled and successfully diverted from landfill. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The pupils have shown a real enthusiasm for recycling and understand why it is so important. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives, especially our younger residents. As we run out of space for our waste, we have to do all we can to ensure we reduce what we throw away, reuse what we can and recycle at every opportunity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The Council is championing various services to help all its residents think green and recycle, including a free weekly kerbside dry, food, nappy and green waste recycling service. We all need to do our bit and show we love where we live and take pride in our area – together we can make a difference as these school pupils have shown.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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