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Primary schools receive cash prize for their recycling efforts

Posted on : 11 Feb 2020

Primary schools receive cash prize for their recycling efforts

Three Primary schools have been recognized for their efforts to reduce their plastic usage.

The Milk Carton Recycling Scheme was launched by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s ‘Plastic’s Challenge’ and Woosnam Dairies to encourage schools to properly recycle their milk cartons. Woosnam Dairies replaced their plastic cartons with paperboard cartons that have 69% less plastic.

This is the second round of awards, and the top three schools this time around are Pantside Primary who took first place, and were awarded the Recycling Champions Cup along with £150.  Second place was the Twyn Primary who were awarded a Runners Up Medal and £100. Third place was Penllwyn Primary also received a medal and £50. There was also a Cup and £100 prize for best nursery in the county borough, which was awarded to Mini Miners Club Nursery in Ystrad Mynach.

All the prizes were provided by Woosnam Dairies.

The Plastics Challenge group encourages schools in the area to produce creative bins/systems/stations so the children can have fun and be engaged with the recycling efforts. Students clean and bag the empty cartons ready for Woosnam Dairies to collect them for recycling.

Kate Bennett, the Head teacher of Pantside Primary, said: ‘We are proud of the children’s efforts in ensuring they recycle the cartons and Helpwr Heddiw love washing them out at playtime. It is vital that children learn the importance of recycling and are involved in cleaning the materials, this is hopefully a skill they will take home and encourage their families to recycle too! We are working hard to promote recycling as a school and have recently had another green bin replaced with a brown one, in the hope to reduce waste further.’

Cllr Sean Morgan, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for sustainability, said “We’re grateful to Woosnam Dairies for working with us to create this scheme and to all of the schools who made a great effort to help tackle the issue of climate change. The milk carton recycling scheme is just one of the initiatives developed by the council’s ‘Plastics Challenge’ group to reduce the use of problematic plastics in the county borough.”

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