Local Schools wow judges at Junior Recycling Officers and Connecting Cheshire School of the year 2015

JRO winners - Ryan Cartlidge and Maddison Hughes from Scholar Green Primary School24 August 2015

Children from Scholar Green Primary School and Pikemere School, Alsager, wowed judges with their entries at the Junior Recycling Officers’ (JRO) and Connecting Cheshire School of the Year competition. The recycling event, which is run by Ansa Environmental Services, was held at Quarry Bank Mill on 30th June 2015.

Finalists also included Astbury St Mary’s CE Primary School, Pott Shrigley Church School, St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, Macclesfield as well as St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Congleton.

Ansa, a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Council, was established in April 2014 and delivers environmental services for the council.

Each year, schools in Cheshire East get the opportunity to nominate two junior recycling officers who work with Ansa’s Waste Education Officer, Lucinda Hodges.  The JROs prepare and present assemblies, organise competitions, establish recycling schemes as well as collections and they also encourage other pupils to raise awareness of the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

At the end of each year, the JROs enter the annual competition and children, teachers and parents are invited to an awards ceremony where each shortlisted group gives a short presentation about their work throughout the year and a team of judges choose the winners.

This year, the judges were Ansa board directors, Councillor Steven Hogben and Roger West, as well as Ann-Marie Lindsley, also from Ansa. The judges chose Ryan Cartlidge and Maddison Hughes from Scholar Green Primary School as the overall winners for Junior Recycling Officers of the year and Kayleigh Birchall, Jake Burnham, Patrick Hayes and Adam Plummer from Pikemere School, Alsager as the overall winners for the Connecting Cheshire School of the year.

The judges were impressed with how innovative and creative the winners had been, although all the entrants had impressed the judges and choosing the winners proved to be a difficult task.