Eye-catching posters containing important recycling messages were unveiled today at the recycling centre in Bury St Edmunds.
The artwork, which was made into large weatherproof boards before being put on display, was produced by pupils from Lakenheath Primary School, for a competition it ran in conjunction with FCC Environment and Suffolk County Council.
A winner was chosen from each of the school’s year groups.
Dan Pepper, recycling operative at Bury Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC), in Rougham Road, was the driving force behind the project, which saw him deliver talks to the pupils ahead of launching the competition.
Today, he helped carry out a site visit for the winners.
He said: “Bringing them in today makes me proud of the project and really proud of them all to be honest. I’d love to do it again.”
Sarah Stamp, Suffolk county councillor for the Hardwick division, where the HWRC is based, was among council representatives at the unveiling.
She said: “It’s fantastic to get children involved in recycling. We’ve had a couple of community litter picks involving schools, which have made them more aware of issues with litter and recycling in general. Hopefully, we’ve got a society that appreciates the need to recycle and keeps up the high recycling rates we have here in Suffolk.”
Colin Noble, Suffolk County Councillor for the Row Heath division, where the school is based, said the competition was a great way to encourage the next generation to help produce a greener county and planet.
He said: “I think it’s really great. What it’s about is taking some of the dry theories we have about recycling and energy from waste and making it relevant for kids. It’s about getting to people early, when their still young, so they can go home and put their parents under pressure and help drive up our recycling targets.”
Karen Cannard, recycling champion and author of The Rubbish Diet, said: “The artwork’s great. Getting children involved in the whole recycling and waste reduction method is fantastic because they learn it from a young age. To see artwork from the community here is eye-catching and really brightens it up, and shows support from the community for the services that are here.”