Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2016

Recycling Competition Winner Announced

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2016

Winning schools collect the weight of 20 average 8 year old pupils (20 x 4.2 stone) in cards to scoop top prizes in this year’s Christmas Card Recycling Challenge. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ysgol Hen Felin has once again received a stamp of approval as they keep their crown and are announced as the winner of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s school Christmas card recycling competition after collecting the weight of a staggering 34 stone in cards! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They were closely followed by Porth Infants, who also scoop a top award for the second year running and Llwyncrwn Primary School who scooped third prize for the first time. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The challenge which was set in January, asked schools to collect as many cards as possible and bring them in to their schools to be collected. The total number of cards collected was then calculated in line with the number of pupils at the participating school to find the overall winner. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A total of 43 schools took part in the challenge which saw over 497 stones of Christmas cards collected – that’s equivalent to the weight of 118 average 8 year old pupils or over 3 tonnes! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The top three schools scooped cash prizes for their winning efforts with Ysgol Hen Felin receiving £300, Porth Infants receiving £100 and Llwyncrwn Primary School receiving £50. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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The three schools received their prizes in a special event which allowed them to see how much waste was collected by all 43 schools – The cards were stacked in to a purpose built Christmas card mountain, which showcases just how important recycling just one item can be. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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

“Congratulations must go to the pupils of all the 43 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf that took part in the competition. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“They collected an unprecedented amount that has resulted in over 3 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. We plan to hold a similar competition over the Easter holidays and are asking all schools to get on board. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“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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