New recruits get their recycling orders
EXCITED and enthusiastic primary school children have been attending launch events across the borough for this year’s Junior Recycling Officers’ programme.
A Junior Recycling Officer (JRO), encourages the three Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, in their schools and with their families and wider communities.
Twenty five local schools were among the primary schools invited to join the scheme run by Cheshire East Council’s arms length company Ansa Environmental Services. Attendees were treated to a special appearance by ‘Phil the Bin’ as well as activities including a composting quiz, a Love Food Hate Waste game and a quiz on recycling from your bathroom.
Lucinda Hodges, Waste Education Officer, explained to the children how Salvation Army Textile Recycling works and how families can assist a charity by raising £200 per tonne of textiles collected by schools. Spectacle recycling through the charity, Vision Aid Overseas, was also discussed as an example of reuse.
Each student received a jute rucksack with recycled stationery and books to take back to school to help them in their role. They were also briefed on key aspects of their roles such as; organising great competitions, leading recycling assemblies, as well as setting up reuse and recycling collections.
Mrs Hodges said: “It is wonderful to see so many children who are passionate about recycling.”
There are currently 130 Junior Recycling Officers from 60 schools in the Cheshire East region.
The schools involved were Adlington, Ash Grove, Bollinbrook, Bollington St John’s, Bollington Cross, Bosley St Mary’s, Gawsworth, Hollinhey, Hurdsfield Community, Ivy Bank, Kettleshulme St James, Lostock Hall, Marton and District, Nether Alderley, Park Lane, Parkroyal, Pott Shrigley, Prestbury, Puss Bank, Rainow, St Albans Catholic, Marlborough, Upton Priory, Vernon and Wincle.
●● Junior Recycling officers in Macclesfield