Enthusiastic Junior Recycling Officers from Cheshire East celebrated the launch of the new ‘Phil the Bin’ activity and information book at their inaugural event held at the Victoria Community Centre in Crewe, with Phil the Bin present in person!
Over eighty people, including 75 children their parents and teachers, participated in activities and workshops, including rag-rugging, and glass painting.
Each child was presented with the new Phil the Bin activity and information book, filled with exciting tips and projects for children to get involved with the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) agenda. They were also given jute rucksacks containing recycled stationery, a badge and a useful 3R’s handbook.
Cheshire East Council is launching the Phil the Bin book in partnership with UPM, who run a recycling processing plant at their Shotton site, following the success of primary school participation across the Borough.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet Member in charge of environment services, said: “Improving the way we recycle and reduce our waste is incredibly important.
“It not only has a positive effect on the environment but also in the communities we live, as well as making economic sense.
“We’re delighted that so many schools across the borough have actively engaged with us, and Phil the Bin will encourage young children to become our recycling champions of the future.”
Phil the Bin will act as the new face for Cheshire East Council’s Junior Recycling Officers scheme, providing schools with information and activities to spread the 3R’s message to family, friends and the school community.
School Bursar, Mrs Lisa Lee from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Crewe, said: “The Junior Recycling Officers Scheme introduces a new active approach to recycling.
“Last year our Junior Recycling Officers reduced printed paper newsletters to parents by over 29,000 sheets, by changing to e-newsletters. This is just one example of the success of the scheme in schools.”
For further details on the Junior Recycling Officers Scheme or to find out more about Phil the Bin, go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling or call Lucinda Hodges on 01270 686684.