Pupils rewarded for ‘green’ pledge

Star of the Sea Primary School in Whitley Bay wherepupils made a pledge to Wash, Squash and Recycle as part of North Tyneside Councils waste campaign, Changing Our Thinking. Headteacher James Hannah and pupils are seen with Leanne Defty from Groundworks.

Star of the Sea Primary School in Whitley Bay wherepupils made a pledge to Wash, Squash and Recycle as part of North Tyneside Councils waste campaign, Changing Our Thinking. Headteacher James Hannah and pupils are seen with Leanne Defty from Groundworks.

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Pupils have scooped a cash prize after pledging to go green.

Youngsters at Star of the Sea Primary School, in Whitley Bay, earned £300 after pledging to ‘Wash, Squash and Recycle’.

The idea came after a talk by community organisation Groundwork about recycling as part of North Tyneside Council’s waste campaign, Changing Our Thinking.

The youngsters pledged to try to recycle more by identifying items that could be recycled, but even more importantly, they promised to encourage their parents to recycle more too.

The school will now use the money to buy recycling bins for the schoolyard, so pupils can continue their efforts.

Headteacher James Hannah said: “We aim to teach our pupils about the importance of looking after our environment and the Wash, Squash and Recycle pledge is a fun and educational way to reinforce these messages.

“The children have really taken to the campaign and enjoyed fulfilling their pledge, so it’s great to see that their hard work and commitment to the cause has been rewarded.”

Star of the Sea is the eighth school to win the £300 prize.

Other schools to have been rewarded for their pledge have put the money towards a story chair made from reclaimed wood and bus hire to take them for a tour of local recycling sites.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure at North Tyneside Council, said: “We’re urging residents to change the way they think when it comes to recycling.”

“Washing recyclable items results in less contamination in your bin and squashing them gives you more room in your bin to recycle even more.

“It’s really encouraging to see that this message is getting through to our youngsters and we applaud pupils at Sea of the Star Primary School for their efforts and hope others follow in their footsteps.”

For more information about the campaign visit https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/400/wash-squash-and-recycle