As a result of a recent contest, more than 10.5 tonnes of electrical items have been recycled by over a dozen schools around Shropshire. The competition is run by a group composed of the Shropshire Council, Arbitel Recycling and Veolia Environmental Services. The goal is to get school pupils to learn how useful recycling is and it seems to have worked, as more electric parts have been sent off to the recycle bin than ever before.
The way the competition worked is that schools were given a target along with a free skip for a week where any type of broken or unwanted electrical equipment could be collected and sent to Arbitel for recycling. The school who collected the most items would win a £500 prize. The contest also comes with support material to help educate students about the benefits of recycling, so that this is not just a one-off exercise.
One school in particular, Hope Primary School, recycled over two tonnes of material with thousands of items being sent off. According to Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, the hope is that children will learn the importance of recycling and bring them to do it more in their daily lives.
While the program has been successful so far, an Arbitel spokesperson is quick to remind us that the competition is still open and any school in Shropshire can apply to participate in order to help teach this important lesson to the students. The hope is that young people from all around the area will be sensitized to the benefits of recycling.