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Pupils’ power lands eco bins for recyclers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

  • 10/06/14 eureka bin photocall Eureka Primary School received a letter from the council recently to say that our recycling bin was to be removed, total shock...and before we could turn around it was gone. As an ECO school, it really concerned us as this is

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PUPIL power has been the driving force behind a massive recycling effort at a South Derbyshire school.

Eureka Primary School, in Dunsmore Way, Midway, saw its paper and plastic bottle banks exchanged for three green bins as part of South Derbyshire District Council’s new Easy Green Recycling Scheme.

The children wanted to do even more to help the planet and wrote en masse to the council’s business and recycling manager Gill Coates to plead their case.

Ms Coates visited the eco school and was impressed with the drive, desire and determination to divert waste away from landfill.

As a result, two additional green bins were hand delivered by Councillor Pat Murray, chairman of the district council, yesterday morning.

Councillor Murray said: “It’s brilliant to see the pupils at Eureka taking positive action in this way and they all deserve great credit for making a difference.

“It is vital that children of this age understand the need to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and we will do everything we can to engage and educate them.”

The school had originally been concerned their recycling bins would be taken away.

Teacher Jacqui Johnson, said: “As an ECO school, it really concerned us as this is the time we should be applying for our third ECO flag. We were worried to death as we had nothing to recycle in anymore.

“We then received three green bins for paper, card, and plastic but this was only big enough for three houses.

“We decided to write to Gillian, she responded and came in to talk to the children. The upshot is that we have been given two extra bins. She had a debate with the children about the whole thing, before realising that they were very serious and that they really are concerned.

“I am so proud of my children and their very persuasive letter writing skills.”

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