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Tuesday 20 July 2010


Junior Recycling Officer of the year event at Tatton Hall - l-r  Zach Homer and  Kayleigh Beecroft both aged 11 of Vine Tree Primary School, Crewe are presented with the Cheshire East Council Junior Recycling Officer of the year by Cllr. Rod Menlove

Junior recycling officers have been rewarded at an awards ceremony at Tatton Park.

Their role is to promote the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, to friends, family and the local community throughout their year in office.

More than 100 primary schools in Cheshire East have two junior recycling officers who are nominated in Year 6 by pupils and teachers, so competition was tough.

Eight finalists from four schools in Bunbury, Congleton, Bollington and Crewe were selected for their hard work promoting recycling throughout the year by holding assemblies, competitions and organising collections of things like paper, mobile phones and toner cartridges.

The finalists were asked to produce an eye-catching display and presentation about their role; explaining the importance of recycling and how they promote it to others.

The children used a selection of entertaining ways to get the message across, including puppets, plays and games as well as materials supplied by Cheshire East’s Waste Strategy team.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental services said: “The displays and presentations were of a very high standard. I found some of the concepts extremely interesting and I’m pleased to find so many schools encouraging composting and waste recycling with such enthusiasm.

“These young officers have a great deal of responsibility and their work is extremely worthwhile. The finalists did very well, so congratulations to you all.”

The two winners, from Vine Tree Primary School, in Crewe, were presented with a mountain bike each and a trophy to display proudly at their school. Medals and shopping vouchers were presented to all the finalists.

After the prize-giving ceremony, the day was topped off with a guided tour of Home Farm, at Tatton Park for the children and their parents.

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