22 May 2008
Pupils from schools across the Caerphilly county borough have been working hard to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of their waste as possible.
During Compost Awareness Week, the council's Waste Minimisation Team visited schools to educate pupils about the importance of composting, as a means of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
School eco-committees take responsibility for collecting leftover fruit and vegetables, along with waste from their school gardens, to put into their compost bins. Bedwas Juniors even ran their own competition to make a fruity design for their compost bin!
Schools also battled it out to win the title of Caerphilly's Compost Champion by taking photographs of their composting activities. The winning schools - Ynysddu Primary School (1st prize), Bedwas Juniors (2nd prize) and Cwmfelinfach Primary (3rd prize) - will be presented with composting goodies and gardening equipment to use in their school gardens.
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman, said, "I'd like to congratulate all the schools involved for their fantastic efforts. Each of us has a responsibility to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill each year. Composting organic kitchen and garden waste is one of the most simple and effective things people can do and research suggests that if the whole of the UK was to start composting tomorrow, this would help banish millions of tonnes of landfill waste each year."
"We hope that by seeing how committed pupils and teachers are to composting, more and more Caerphilly residents will follow the excellent example that they are setting," she added.
Compost bins are available to residents of the Caerphilly county borough at the subsidised rate of £10. To purchase a compost bin, please visit one of our cash offices or check local press for details of sales days. For more information call 01443 866533.
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