Newport schools supercharge their recycling efforts

Posted on Friday 29th September 2017

Schools across Newport collected just over one tonne of household batteries between January and June after taking up the 2017 Battery Recycling Challenge.

The annual competition, run in partnership with Newport City Council and European Recycling Platform UK (ERP), aims to encourage youngsters to collect batteries for recycling from home and at school.

The winners of this year's competition were Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon who will receive certificates and gift vouchers from the competition sponsor ERP UK. The runners up were Malpas Church in Wales Junior School and Glan Usk Primary School.

All schools who took part in the challenge will receive certificates for their efforts.

Councillor Roger Jeavons, Newport City Council's cabinet member for streetscene, said: "This is a fantastic response by our schools and I congratulate all those who took part. Our young recyclers are helping to make a real difference, not just in Newport and Wales but to the future of the planet.

"I would like to thank them, and their families and friends, for supporting such sterling efforts.

"This is Recycle Week and we again want to encourage all our residents to recycle as much as possible.

"You might be surprised to find out the wide range of items that can be recycled and reused. For instance, Recycle for Wales has calculated that if everyone in Newport recycled one more deodorant, it would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for almost two months."

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