Young recyclers say it with flowers

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Young recyclers say it with flowers

Interest in recycling is blossoming at one primary school in the Cotswolds.

Pupils at Temple Guiting Church of England School were invited to plant up containers on the theme of recycling.

And they produced some wonderfully colourful creations, which will be on display at the school until the end of term, by re-using items ranging from an old toilet to a tyre.

Head teacher Gary Tucker said: “This is the second year we have held a decorated pot competition and we chose the theme of recycling because it is so topical at the moment.

“Planting up the containers helped the children realise just how important it is to recycle as much of their rubbish as possible and hopefully it’s a message they will all take home with them.”

The pupils’ efforts were judged by Cllr Mark Tufnell, Cotswold District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, who picked out a winner from each year group. And he was hugely impressed by the amount of work they put into their creations.

“The competition was a brilliant way of raising awareness amongst the children about a very important subject,” said Cllr Tufnell.

“The pupils were remarkably imaginative in the way they used old items including wellington boots, cooking pots and even a chest of drawers to emphasise the need to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste we dump at landfill sites.

“I had a really tough task in choosing the winners but I’m sure this competition will help all the youngsters grow into committed recyclers.”

Residents in the Cotswolds can recycle paper, food and drinks cans, glass bottles and jars and aerosols in their fortnightly kerbside black box collection. A number of other materials, including plastic bottles, textiles and cardboard, can be taken to recycling banks around the District.

For more information about recycling services in your area, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com or contact Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000.

Posted : 12/06/2007 17:07:45

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