VideoDartington school wins all-Devon recycling award

Posted on: 4 August 2016

Eco-warriors at a South Hams primary school have risen to the challenge, and collected more than half a tonne of small electrical goods for recycling.

Dartington Primary School has been awarded £200 for collecting 566kg of hairdryers, kettles, phones, toasters, blenders, radios, console games and other small electrical items.

And the money could go towards other eco- friendly projects including planting trees in the school, water butts for the school garden or even more bike racks. These projects will now be taken on by the new school council in the autumn term.

Dartington School councilThe competition prize was supplied by the Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Improvement Fund following a successful bid by Devon County Council, Torbay Council, and WEEE contractor Repic who provided match funding.

Six schools from around Devon collected as many unwanted or broken small electrical items for recycling as possible. The school who collected the most by weight was the winner.

The aim of the competition was to help the children understand the importance of recycling electrical goods so that they don’t go to landfill and saves money and the environment.

Listen to the project explained by children, headteacher and Councillor Roger Croad

Each school was given a day of curriculum-linked WEEE workshops by waste education contractor Resources Futures  where the children investigated how batteries work and their impact on the environment, including creating electricity using the power of fruit and vegetables.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Rosemary Rowe, the County Councillor for South Brent and Dartington, presented the cheque to members of the school council during a special assembly.

Councillor Croad said: “Dartington School has done a splendid job, they have collected Cllr Roger Croadmore than twice as much as any other school, over half a tonne and that will save a lot of money.

“In Devon we throw away about 180,000 tonnes of waste every year which either goes for energy recovery or to landfill when alot of it could have been refurbished and reused.

“If every school did it the way Dartington has done it than we would be a whole lot better off in Devon.”

Councillor Rosemary Rowe said: “Six schools in Devon took part in the competition Roseand it’s typical of Dartington that they exceeded all expectations. At this school they get taught the importance of recycling from an early age.”

Headteacher Jill Mahon said: “To have won a prize and to be the best in Devon feels really good”.

“I’m incredibly proud of our school council, they have set out to fulfil their aims and they have surpassed, even by our own expectations. They have done that by getting their class mates really enthused”.

“We are now in a position coming into a new year with a new school council to take further steps and we are proud that we have made a difference.”

Harry, 10, a school councillor said: “We hope to spend the money on water butts to save water for the garden and plants”.

“We’re proud we beat every other school. We started a bit late as well and everybody then put in extra effort to bring in waste electronics.”

Charlie, 8, a school councillor, said:  “We are also thinking of more trees for our forest families.”

Esme, 10, a school councillor, said: “We wanted to see how much we could recycle. The school council had three aims, to make our school better, to make learning better and to make the world better. We thought by taking on this competition we could make the world better because of recycling.”

The schools involved and they collected weights were:
St Peter’s Primary, Budleigh Salterton – 40kg
Stokehill Juniors, Exeter – 40kg
Okehampton Primary – 200kg
Chudleigh Primary – 200kg
Heathcoat Primary, Tiverton – 240kg
Dartington Primary – 560kg – WINNERS

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