Lincoln school scoops prize for green approach to packed lunches

23 Nov 2015 16:20

There’s no such thing as a free lunch – or so the old saying goes.

But a Lincoln junior school has proved there is such thing as a waste-free lunch and scooped a prize in the process.

St Faith and St Martin’s CE Junior School is one of nine Lincolnshire Schools to visit the Lincolnshire Energy from Waste (EfW) plant run by FCC Environment so far this year.

As part of the educational visits, aimed at increasing children’s understanding of the importance of recycling and green energy, FCC Environment runs “The Waste Free Lunch Challenge” which encourages youngsters to get thinking about how to protect our planet by bringing along a lunch which creates as little waste as possible.

And despite fierce competition, St Faith and St Martin’s came out on top, creating no waste at all by using only re-usable containers and including no packaged food.

To pay tribute to their success, the school has now been presented with a special certificate to hang in pride of place in their school foyer by Cllr Reg Shore, Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Member for Waste and Recycling, Sean Kent, Head of Environmental Services at Lincolnshire County Council and Juergen Schaper, General Manager and Sally Hood, Visitor Centre Manager from FCC Environment.

Delighted headteacher, Mr Kyle, said: “Our pupils try so hard within our commmunity to be eco-aware and to be noticed with this special recognition underlines their efforts to promote a sustainable way of living. The future of the planet is in their hands and they take that responsibility very seriously. The visit to the EfW plant was mind-blowing and continues to inspire discussions on sustanability at school. Well done SFSM!.”

Cllr Shore said: “All too often the things we buy are over-wrapped and over-packaged and this leads to unnecessary waste which in turn goes towards depleting the world’s resources.  The children at Birchwood, North Kesteven, Tydd St Marys, All Saints, North Hykeham, South Hykeham, St Faith & St Martin C of E Junior School, Boston Academy, Brant Broughton and Sturton By Stow Schools have visited the Energy from Waste plant and taken part in this fantastic initiative to get young people thinking about how they can reduce the food and packaging that they throw away. These students have all embraced environmentalism wholeheartedly and proven that waste minimisation is as easy as ‘Reduce, Re-use and Recycle’. I am proud of every one of them. Well done!”

And Juergen Schaper from FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies added: “We’re delighted to be able to present this special certificate to St Faith and St Martin’s.

“The children and the school as a whole really put a lot of thought into The Waste Free Lunch Challenge and I’m sure it will have helped the young people learn an important lesson about the importance of recycling and minimising waste.”

For more information regarding the visitor centre at Lincolnshire Energy from Waste facility, please contact Sally Hood - Visitor and Administration Manager on 01522 814318.

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