A Buxton employer has launched a programme to teach youngsters the value of ‘waste not, want not’.
Buxton Natural Mineral Water is expanding its Recycling Cycle scheme to include an education programme in local schools.
The campaign is partnered with Recoup, a national organisation promoting recycling, and aims to change people’s behaviour towards recycling and show that their efforts can make a real difference.
The ‘Recycling Cycle’ scheme is a pilot and if successful will be rolled out in other communities across the UK to promote recycling.
Six local schools – Burbage Primary School, Harpur Hill Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Buxton Community School, Buxton Infant School and Fairfield Endowed CE Junior School – are currently involved.
The education programme uses practical activities to demonstrate the importance of recycling to pupils, such as showing them what happens to a plastic bottle after it is put in a recycling bin.
Siân Chapman, corporate communications manager at Nestlé Waters, which owns Buxton Water, said: “We are delighted to be expanding this pilot project in Buxton and to be working so closely with our local community to support our shared desire to live and act sustainably.”
A competition has also been launched, in which pupils are asked to encourage recycling, be it via a poem, a unique second use for a plastic bottle or a short film they have produced about the importance of recycling.
The winning design will be used to educate the general public.
The overall winner gets a £150 voucher and runners up in each school will also get vouchers.
Sian continued: “There is such enthusiasm for this in our schools and we excited to see how the pupils bring alive our recycling messages.”
Luke Cox, project manager at Recoup, added: “We are excited about continuing to work with Nestlé Waters on such a worthwhile and effective scheme, and are looking forward to receiving the entries for the poster competition which really communicate our recycling in schools and to residents.”