20 July 2012>
Green pupils from schools across the Caerphilly county borough have been rewarded for their efforts to recycle thousands of old batteries.
Caerphilly county borough council launched a new Schools Battery Recycling Initiative in December last year. The scheme, launched at Fochriw Primary School, makes it easy for pupils, staff and parents to get involved in saving thousands of used batteries from landfill.
In total 45 schools took part, involving almost 15,000 pupils. Together they have helped collect an impressive 1,255kg of batteries over the last few months.
The top 6 performing schools were invited to a special award ceremony at Penallta House Council Offices in Ystrad Mynach recently.
The results were: -
- 1st prize - Crumlin High Level Primary School
- 2 runners up - Fochriw Primary School & Llanfabon Infants School
- Gold Award - Deri Primary School
- Silver Award - Cwmcarn Primary School
- Bronze Award - Cwm Glas Infants School
Cllr Dave Poole, CCBC cabinet member said, "I'd like to thank all the schools for taking part and congratulate the shortlisted group on their efforts in this exciting new scheme. It is particularly important to encourage increased battery recycling because the UK must recycle 45% of all portable batteries sold by 2016."
European Recycling Platform (ERP) UK Ltd is working in partnership to deliver the scheme in the area. Scott Butler, managing director of ERP, said : ""We are honoured to be working with schools in Caerphilly. Collecting over 1.2 tonnes of batteries for recycling is a fantastic achievement and everybody involved should be very proud of what they have accomplished."
Schools across Caerphilly are all doing their bit to help the environment. In addition to the battery recycling scheme, they also recycle paper, food and are part of the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
Caerphilly county borough council has been at the forefront of battery recycling for several years and also provides battery containers for the public at its six household recycling/civic amenity sites.
For more information please contact Cath Cuss, Public Services on 01443 866566.
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