School wins £1000 recycling prize

Round Diamond Primary School in Stevenage was the lucky winner of a £1,000 voucher through their participation in WasteAware’s recent recycling project.

Since 2011 Hertfordshire’s schools have enjoyed regular recycling collections of their waste electricals. This year the waste management company and charity, Recycling Lives, offered a prize draw to schools that also invited parents to bring in their old electricals for the recycling collection. There is a lot of old equipment tucked away at home and WasteAware wanted schools to encourage parents to have a good declutter and recycle their electricals responsibly.

Vinesh Munilall, the Network Manager at Round Diamond Primary said, "The promotional and educational material provided by WasteAware made it easy to include parents and pupils and storage wasn’t an issue as the items were brought in bags the day before the collection. We were fortunate to be chosen as winners of the £1000 voucher, which we will use to buy more IT equipment. But we also feel good having helped the environment too. We see the tragic effects of pollution on wildlife and humanity every day, which doesn't bode well for the planet and our children's future. By getting them involved in recycling, is a fantastic way to build an awareness of environmental concerns. Well done to WasteAware on a tremendous initiative!"

182 schools took part in the electrical collections with over 30 tonnes being recycled. Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Waste, Terry Hone said, “Children really like to get involved and this type of collection gives them a really useful insight into recycling. We each throw away an average of 23Kg of electronic waste a year – heavier than an average seven-year-old boy!"