Junior recycling champions wow judges

July 24, 2017


Pupils from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary in Knutsford have become Cheshire East’s new junior recycling officers of the year!

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 Ansa’s waste education officer 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 – a wholly-owned Cheshire East Council company. At the end of the school year, the JROs 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. A team of judges choose the winners. This year, the event was held at Reaseheath Hall in Nantwich.

The judges were Ansa board members, Councillors John Hammond and Steve Hogben, and Ansa communications manager, Amanda Wagg. They decided to make Eli Winter-Roach and Madalein Ford from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary JROs of the year, awarding the school the top prize of £150 to help fund future environmental projects.

The junior recycling officer of the year shield will be held by St Vincent’s until next year’s award ceremony.

Madalein and Eli impressed with their presentation, which highlighted many of the recycling initiatives they led throughout the school year. Highlights were their recycling fashion show, and their design of a flower garden for RHS Tatton - with hedgehogs made from recycled bottles.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Engaging with young people at an early stage on the importance of recycling and the benefits it brings to our communities is so important today.

“Giving young people the responsibility of sharing with their peers, the experience of what they have learned is the best way of spreading that message as widely as possible.

“The children who have taken on roles as junior recycling officers are a great credit to themselves, their schools and their communities.”

Councillor Steve Hogben, member of the Ansa board said, “I enjoyed meeting the junior recycling officers and was very impressed with the work they have done in their school to educate their fellow pupils about recycling.

“I would like to congratulate Eli and Madalein for winning, as well as the other finalists, as it’s a great achievement to be shortlisted.”

After the awards, the JRO finalists were treated to a guided tour of Reaseheath Zoo, learning about the interesting wildlife that is kept by the students at the college.

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