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Students get creative with recycled goods

Date: 02/06/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

A fashion show and design project are just some of the exciting activities taking place a schools throughout Medway to celebrate national Recycle Week (2-8 June). All Medway schools are now signed up and committed to recycling. Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer Matt Feekings said: “This is excellent news and shows the importance of recycling in our schools and the wider community.” Rainham School for Girls is running a design a recycle bin competition (during w/c 2 June). Around 50 teams will be submitting designs; the top three bins are to be used in the headteacher’s and deputy head’s offices. The winning design will be chosen and announced by the Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr on Tuesday, 10 June. Members of the media are welcome to send a photographer to the school at 11am. Enthusiastic recyclers at Balfour Juniors, Chatham are organising their very own environment week with activities to include a fashion show – with clothes made from paper bags, a poster competition and healthy tuck shop. The school has recently started a gardening club and the first project is to build a composting bin. During last year’s Recycle Week, one class at Balfour wrote and performed a rap song about recycling. Pupils are available to perform this for the media – please contact Medway Council press office to organise a time and date. Teacher Ian Gambles said: “We’re really keen on recycling here. Every class has bins to recycle paper, glass and plastic bottles. We also collect stamps and Christmas cards, try to keep photocopying to a minimum and make sure we turn off lights and taps. We also have a number of dedicated litter pickers and encourage pupils to walk to school – walk to school Wednesday is a new initiative.”