As part of its drive to educate children on recycling, local waste management specialists Mick George Ltd and the help of its ingenious Recycle-Trux automobiles, have for the last eight-weeks been giving school Children in Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Boston and Northamptonshire regions the chance to win £1,000 for their school, as well as supplementary prizes for their efforts*.
Keen to bring a fresh and fun approach to the topic, Mick George Ltd set the challenge for children, alone, in pairs or small groups to create their very own Recycle-Trux out of recyclable materials.
An abundance of applications were received, and after much deliberation a selection of winners were chosen from each territory, who were adjudged to have produced the outstanding pieces of creativity, and in doing so, scooped the respective £1,000 prize fund for the school.
The animated themed initiative was tasked with providing youngsters with a better understanding of the impact that waste has on the environment, encouraging them to reduce, re-use and recycle for a greener future.
In addition to the environmental awareness and creative benefits of the campaign design, numerous other educational benefits were achieved. Pupil workbooks assessed KS2 curriculum; Art, Maths, Literacy, and Comprehension, with a second prize dedicated to the best designed Recycle-Trux.
The £1,000 winners were:
- Leicestershire: Mellor Primary School
- Cambridgeshire: Bury C of E Primary School
- Northamptonshire: Warwick Primary School
This design award was presented to:
- Leicestershire: Hallaton Primary School
- Cambridgeshire: Crosshall Junior School
- Northamptonshire: Barry Road Primary School
- Boston: Old Leake Primary School
Shakira Coulston, Teacher at Bury C of E Primary School said: ‘’This was a fantastic competition that actively encouraged pupils to engage in a unique team building activity, whilst considering the importance of effective recycling and waste management. The challenge of the Recycle Trux competition really stimulated the children’s creative and methodical minds. The competition was a fun and rewarding opportunity for pupils at our school to talk about the impact of decisions we make when disposing of rubbish.”
Lisa Day, Teacher at Mellor Community Primary School said: ‘’ As a school, we are really delighted that we won the prize for the Recycle-Trux competition, for the Leicestershire region. We are hoping to put this money towards developing a ‘forest schools’ area within the school grounds, next year”.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Every day we see various stories related to the state of the environment, now and in the future. As with many of our initiatives, such as the ‘Safer Roads’ campaign, we’re continuously engaging with local schools to help educate on important matters that will influence children forever. Recycle-Trux was no different.’’
Stump continued: ‘’Having completed similar competitions in previous years with ‘Skips for Schools’ and ‘Recycle.Bots’, the prequel to this initiative, we recognised this was a good method for getting children to engage with the world of waste. The format seemed to be very well received, and the level of ability, time and effort that has been put it to the applications submitted should be applauded. Each and every school that contributed, should be immensely proud of their efforts.’’