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Bright idea saves electrical waste

Date: 23/12/2011           Category: Waste and Recycling

If you receive a new phone, toaster or hairdryer this Christmas, your old one could be given a loving new lease of life – as part of a giant sculpture.

Pupils and staff from The Hundred of Hoo School have been busy collecting waste electric and electronic equipment as part of a national campaign.

Taking inspiration from the story of The Ugly Duckling, the pupils have chosen to create a swan out of all the unsightly waste items that might otherwise end up in landfill.

Working in teams, students and staff are building the imaginative structure, which is also designed to be moved around”. Welder Richard Pritchett from RP Engineering has volunteered his services in making the frame for the swan sculpture.

The school is one of many taking part in a national WEEE campaign, to help people recycle electric and electronic waste responsibly.

Linked to the National Curriculum, the campaign encourages pupils to help recycle old electrical equipment, such as old toasters, hairdryers, DVD players, kettles and radios.

The first of its kind in the southeast, the project is fully funded by Sittingbourne based Sweeep Kuusakoski, the specialist waste electrical and electronic equipment processor, and Veolia, managed in partnership with Medway Council. Environment Agency approved recycling banks are being installed at each participating school for one WEEE free week.

Waste electric and electronic equipment can be extremely harmful to the environment and should be disposed of properly so that it can be safely dismantled and recycled by specialists. Pupils taking part in the campaign have an opportunity to learn about recycling, win cash prices and trips for their schools, as well as benefiting the wider community.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “This will be a first for Medway and the pupils should be very proud of their efforts. I hope other schools will join the campaign so we can continue to encourage recycling and help people learn about the importance of disposing of electronic waste responsibly”.

Other schools taking part are Silverbank Park, St Thomas More RC Primary, Riverside Primary School and Sure Start Children’s Centre, Deanwood Primary School, Sherwin Knight Infant School, Bligh Infant School, Park Wood Junior School, Thomas Aveling School, The Howard School, Cuxton Community Junior, Skinner Street Primary, St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Bradfields and Featherby Infant and Nursery School.