Pupil power boosts recycling

Going along to schools to speak to pupils about recycling is a big part of our job. Every year at Christmas time, we do a schools project with Green Santa. Here he is:
Green Santa

In previous years, schools have collected toys which Green Santa has passed on to local charities. Last year, we decided to do something different. We asked the schools taking part to collect old or broken electrical items for recycling instead. The amount of electronic waste in the UK is increasing rapidly. More than one million tonnes of electronic goods are sold every year, but only around a third of them are eventually recycled.

So we thought there would be plenty of things that the school pupils could donate – old computers, mobile phones, video players, games consoles and battery-operated toys. Basically, we accepted anything for recycling that had a plug or a battery! We had a great response from the twelve schools that took part, and collected an amazing 2.2 tonnes of electrical items which otherwise would have gone to landfill.

Children with electrical goodsRecycling specialists European Recycling Platform (ERP) sponsored the competition, and provided prizes for the schools which collected the most items, which were (drum roll please!):
Fernielea School who collected 92 items.
Abbotswell Primary School who collected 79 items.
Cults Primary School who collected 76 items.
Ashley Road School who collected 67 items.
Danestone Primary who collected 60 items

Last week, Recycling Officer David and Ian from ERP went along to Fernielea School to present the winners with their prizes.
Prizegiving at school assemblyIf you want to find out more about how electrical items are recycled, have a look at ERP’s website – there’s a video and some really good educational resources.

If you’ve got electrical items to recycle, there’s no need to wait until next Christmas! There are recycling bins for small electrical items at Morrisons on King Street and Sainsbury’s on Berryden Road. We accept all electrical items, large and small, at our household waste recycling centres. Or if your items are still in good working order, you can donate them to local charities or advertise them on Gumtree, Freecycle or eBay.So there are plenty of options for electrical goods that have lost their spark!

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