The Recycling Green Points Challenge is a new challenge open to all Northumberland schools to encourage them to reduce, reuse and recycle more than ever before.
Schools will be rewarded with points for any recycling and waste management activities they do and it is really easy to take part in and very flexible for schools. Schools can join when they want to from now until 3 May 2013, and also choose the activities that they would like to do, selecting as many or as few as they like.
All schools need to do to take part is choose an activity from the list provided on the schools recycling challenge homepage at www.northumberland.gov.uk/wasteeducation and provide a piece of evidence by e-mail for each activity they do, such as a digital photograph or poster.
Activity evidence can be submitted at any time up until 24 May 2013. Activities range from pledging to reduce, reuse and recycle and improving existing recycling areas, to reducing food waste, collecting litter and designing posters. The earlier that schools start the challenge the more time they will have to complete the activities they want to do and therefore gain more points.
Points gained will be added to a recycling points league table which will be regularly updated so schools can see how many points they have in relation to other schools in Northumberland.
Councillor Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for highways and neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council said: “Engaging with young people is an important way of improving recycling in Northumberland and reducing the overall amount of waste produced. We are very keen to encourage new ways of recycling and challenges like this develop the interest among local schools.
“This is also an exciting opportunity for the young people of Northumberland to showcase their competitive side as this is a valuable skill for their future.”
The challenge is organised by Northumberland County Council’s waste team and is part of the ‘LOVE Northumberland’ campaign rewarding community achievements.
There will be a final tally of points for all registered schools during the summer mid-term holiday. The winning school will be presented with a trophy as part of the ‘Love Northumberland’ awards 2013.
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