Clean and Greener
Written by Scott McGerty on 31st March 2018
Pupils across Washington are taking part in an exciting new inter-schools competition to raise awareness of recycling. Sunderland City Council’s Washington Clean and Green initiative.
Funded by the Washington Area Committee, the Clean and Green Initiative are working with primary schools across the area over the upcoming months, to see which school can reduce the amount of general waste they generate, and increase the amount of material they recycle.
Schools taking part in the two week challenge will have the chance of winning a VIP trip to the Energy from Waste Plant in Teesside, where they will learn how we are diverting their household waste away from landfill and turning it into electricity, as well as cash prizes for eco-projects at school. The children will also have the opportunity to design an eye-catching poster and campaign slogan with the winning design being displayed across Sunderland. Waste warriors will weigh classroom waste and the school that improves the most per head over the fortnight, will be declared the winner.
The project is being delivered under the Washington Clean and Green initiative, a partnership approach to addressing environmental issues across Washington, and the wider Visitor and Education Centre remit, delivering waste awareness and recycling education across South Tyneside.
A safe, clean and healthy environment is everyone’s responsibility. The Clean and Green project is a community-based, environmental initiative that inspires and empowers communities to come together to clean up, fix up, respect and take pride in their immediate neighbourhoods and the wider green space in Washington.
Wendy Fail, Visitor and Education Centre Coordinator with Groundwork NE & Cumbria, said: “This is a fantastic project that allows children in Washington to really get involved with increasing recycling at their school. This is another fabulous project in Washington and I am really looking forward to working with the waste warriors and spreading the message about the importance of recycling.”
Cllr Linda Williams, Chair of the Washington Area Committee, said: “The wider Clean and Green Project has been extremely successful in attracting volunteers, social organisations, neighbourhoods and communities to come together and make Washington a safe and cleaner place to live, work and play.
“The schools project takes Clean and Green another step further to encourage our young people to realise the impact not recycling can have on our world. These young people are showing the way forward as the next leaders in our community by grasping this issue tightly and moving it to the next level. I wish all the schools taking part well and look forward to seeing the outcome of the project.”
Gail Kelly, Bursar from Barmston Village Primary, said: “Barmston Village Primary School strives to protect and improve the local environment. We already promote recycling within the school with the help of a group of students called the ‘Green Goblins’, and this project will help to raise more interest throughout the school in reducing waste.”