Joint Junior Recycling Officers winners make history

joint-junior-recycling-officers-winners14th July, 2016

Pupils from Weston Village Primary School, Crewe and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Congleton impressed the judges so much at this year’s Junior Recycling Officers of the Year event, that they were crowned joint winners, a first in the competition’s history!

Every year, schools in Cheshire East nominate a selection of fellow pupils as Junior Recycling Officers. A Junior Recycling Officer (JRO) encourages the 3 Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, within their schools and wider communities. The JROs do this with guidance from Waste Education Officer, Lucinda Hodges, by preparing and delivering recycling themed assemblies, running competitions and setting up recycling schemes. All primary and special schools are invited to join this scheme which is run by Ansa Environmental Services on behalf of Cheshire East Council.

At the end of the school year, the Junior Recycling Officers are invited to attend a ceremony where they give a short presentation on the work that they have done to help boost recycling in their schools and a team of judges chooses the winners.

The judges were Ansa Board Members, Cllrs John Hammond and Steve Hogben, as well as Amanda Wagg from Ansa Business Development. The panel found it impossible to choose a single winner, as the standard was so high. They decided to make Weston Village Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary joint champions, awarding both schools the top prize of £150 to help fund environmental projects within their schools. The Junior Recycling Officer of the Year Shield will be given to both schools for six months each.

During their presentations, Jack, Emma and Katie of St Mary’s impressed with their well rehearsed presentation which featured fresh apple juice that was pressed from fallen apples, whilst Molly and Erin from Weston Village presented an enthusiastic and imaginative display which included ‘Door Slapping Ninjas’ which was later revealed to be an innovative way of ensuring that staff do not forget to turn their classroom lights off.

Councillor John Hammond, Chairman of the Ansa Board said, “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Junior Recycling Officers and was very impressed with the work they have done within their school to educate other children about recycling. I would like to congratulate Jack, Katie, Emma, Molly and Erin for winning, but I must also congratulate the other schools as it is a fantastic achievement just to be shortlisted.”

After the awards, the JRO Finalists were treated to a tour of the brand new, state of the art Crewe Lifestyle Centre. They learned about the many environment friendly energy sources that power the facility and how the filtration system for the swimming pool is the first of its type to be installed in the UK, with the unique feature being the fact that it uses a vacuum suction filter to clean the pool’s water. They also took part in Junior Zumba organised by the Lifestyle Centre and recycling races, organised by Ansa Staff.

The other Junior Recycling Officers that were shortlisted for the final were from Dean Valley Community School, Bollington, Underwood West, Crewe and Pikmere School, Alsager.

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