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Chipping away at landfill problem

Sarah Pass (left), Commercial Manager at Valpak Ltd, and Janine Lund, Lancashire County Council waste management officer, with winning students from St Mary's RC Primary School in Chipping.

Sarah Pass (left), Commercial Manager at Valpak Ltd, and Janine Lund, Lancashire County Council waste management officer, with winning students from St Mary's RC Primary School in Chipping.

Pupil’s at St Mary’s RC Primary School, in Chipping, are anything but flat when it comes to recycling spent batteries.

They came out top of Rible Valley’s school in Lancashire County Council’s battery recycling initiative, which this year has seen more than 16.5 tonnes of flat batteries saved from going to landfill sites.

Coming in a close second in Ribble Valley was another St Mary’s RC Primary School, this time at Osbaldeston, and in third place was Longridge C of E Primary School.

The winning schools in each of Lancashire’s 12 districts got to choose between an iPad or a £400 voucher for school supplies

A total of 442 schools took part in this year’s “Tune into Battery Recycling competition”, now in its ninth year, which encourages children to bring household batteries into school for recycling instead of throwing them away. The county council works in partnership with Valpak Ltd, who sponsor the contest.

The prizes were presented by County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection and waste, at a ceremony at the Environmental Education Centre at Farington Waste Recovery Park near Leyland.

She said: “Batteries contain heavy metals which become pollutants unless they’re removed from the waste stream. The battery recycling competition has proved a great success over many years.

“Every school which took part has helped to make a difference – the 16.5 tonnes they’ve collected is equivalent to a staggering 552,034 batteries.”

The school rankings were calculated by dividing the total tonnage of batteries collected at each school by the number of pupils in the school, which ensured that it was the success of the pupils, rather than the size of the school, which was rewarded.

 

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