14 January 2008>
Green pupils and staff at St Gwladys Primary School in Bargoed have scooped £500 thanks to their recycling efforts.
The school was joint winner of the 'Community Involvement' award in the UK finals of the Yellow Woods Challenge 2007, an environmental campaign for schools run by Yellow Pages, the Woodland Trust and local authorities across the UK.
St Gwladys Bargoed School pupils recycled nearly 750 old directories last year, with more than 200 collected from local residents and businesses during a novel 'Yellow Pages Marathon' organised by Year 6 pupils.
This year's competition has already started and schoolchildren across Caerphilly are encouraging residents to help them win cash prizes and raise money to plant native trees - simply by handing over old Yellow Pages for recycling.
The Yellow Woods Challenge is a simple, educational and fun environmental campaign run by Yellow Pages, working with the Woodland Trust and Caerphilly County Borough Council. Schools that collect the highest number of old directories per pupil will be awarded a share of £700 cash prizes from Yellow Pages in the recycling competition.
For every pound Yellow Pages awards to schools for recycling old directories, they will give a matching pound to the Woodland Trust. The money will be used to support the charity's 'Tree for All' campaign - the most ambitious children's tree-planting project ever launched in the UK, which aims to plant 12 million trees by 2009.
Cllr David Poole, CCBC's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, "Recycling not only saves valuable landfill space but also reduces the amount of energy needed to manufacture new products. By taking part in the Yellow Woods Challenge, these pupils are learning very important environmental issues at an early age – a great start for our next generation of recyclers!"
The Yellow Woods Challenge closes locally on March 7th. For more information about the Challenge, visit www.yellow-woods.co.uk or contact Hayley Evans on 01495 235035.
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