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Lincoln youngsters win zero waste lunch box challenge

04 Oct 2016 12:59

Youngsters from Reepham C E Primary School, near Lincoln, are the best in the county at recycling.

Over the past year, primary schools from across the county have been taking part in a challenge to reduce the amount of waste from their lunch box at Lincolnshire County Council's Energy from Waste facility.

Ian Randall, headteacher at Reepham C of E school, said: "Its so important that our young people get a well-rounded education.  We need to teach them about the world we live in, how it works and how we can help protect it for future generations.

"The visit to the EfW facility was brilliant. It allowed us to start conversations about the importance of recycling and how we can all play a role in taking care of the environment."

Cllr Reg Shore, executive member for waste services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "This challenge is a great way for youngsters to learn about waste and recycling.

"Making simple swaps, such as cutting up cheese, fruit and vegetables into sticks rather than buying individually packaged ones and putting sandwiches in a tub instead of using cling film, zip-lock bags or foil and bringing drinks in reusable bottles, can make a huge difference in the amount of waste which is put in the bin.

"Thirty three students took part from Reepham school and managed to only have 100g of waste when they had finished eating! That’s less than an iphone! Amazing! "

Sally Hood, visitor manager for FCC Environment, who run the Energy from Waste facility, comments: "It was an absolute delight to have the children and young people from Reepham visit us at the facility. I hope that it provokes thoughts of waste management and encourages them to change their lunch box habits – which evidently it has! Excellent news!"

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