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Schools’ recycling challenge

Wooler First School was runner up in the 2013 Recycle Points Challenge, part of the LOVE Northumberland initiative. Pupils are pictured with the Duchess of Northumberland.

Wooler First School was runner up in the 2013 Recycle Points Challenge, part of the LOVE Northumberland initiative. Pupils are pictured with the Duchess of Northumberland.

Schools in Northumberland are being invited to take part in this year’s recycling points challenge.

The challenge, part of the LOVE Northumberland initiative, has been introduced to encourage schools to look at how they might improve recycling levels and reduce waste within their school.

Each will gain points for the different activities that they choose to do and compete with other Northumberland schools to achieve the highest score.

Wooler First School was runner up in the 2012/13 competition.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “Schools are a great starting point to get communities thinking about how they dispose of their waste and get involved in waste reduction activities, meaning the challenge can have a positive effect long after the competition ends.”

Activity choices include recycle a new material, run a waste free packed lunch competition, design a litter or recycling poster, as well as many more to choose from.

Schools should submit their activity evidence by email using the recycling points challenge evidence template on the webpage by Friday, May 23.

The winning school and runner up will be presented with a trophy at the LOVE Northumberland awards ceremony in July 2014.

To find out how to take part in the 2013/14 challenge, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/wasteeducation

 

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