Bright sparks reap rewards from gadget recycling

Caption: Eco team members (l to r) Chloe Walker, Holly Grassham, Rebecca Green, Joshua Riley and Grace Oliver receive their reward from Cllr Jack Dunn and Vikki Law from Weee Link.

Kippax pupils were celebrating last week having picked up their reward for recycling old gadgets.

Over the summer term, staff and pupils at Kippax North Junior, Infants and Nursery School collected a total of 113kg of old electronics in their waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) bank.

Similar in size and shape to bottle banks, the WEEE banks have been placed in 30 playgrounds to help the schools and communities stop unwanted, outdated or broken gadgets going to waste.

The out-of-steam irons, toasted toasters and kaput kettles recycled by the school put them in second place for the amount collected. The school was awarded £300 for their efforts.

Each term last year, the council’s partner Weee Link rewarded the top three schools that recycled the most with cash prizes to be invested in other environmental projects. Weee Link collect the items and break them up to recycle the parts.

For the summer term, Ireland Wood Primary School again topped the recycling league table with Guiseley School coming third. The schools have been awarded £500 and £200 respectively for their continued efforts.

Councillor Jack Dunn, deputy executive member for the environment, said:

“My congratulations go to all the staff and pupils at Kippax North Junior, Infants and Nursery School. They’ve made a real, continued effort to help the whole school community understand the benefits of re-using and recycling electronics that would otherwise go to waste.

“I’m confident that with the ongoing support of schools across the city, we can help spread the reduce, re-use, recycle message and help people reap the environmental and financial rewards of doing so.”

Barbara Clark, headteacher at Kippax North junior, infants and nursery school, said:

“You can’t miss the WEEE bank in the school ground so it’s been an ideal way for us to engage with pupils and their parents about recycling.

“The prize will be a real kick start to some of our newer projects. We’ll be investing in caddies for our composters and crop protection to stop animals nibbling on the food the pupils have worked so hard to nurture in our allotment. However, the pupils are most excited as the prize brings us one step closer to getting our own chickens.”

Vikki Law, scheme manager at Weee Link, said:

“The work of staff and children at Kippax school is nothing short of inspirational - a highly deserved recipient of last terms prize. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to visit the school and together with Councillor Dunn, to present the cheque to such worthy winners.”

In the academic year 2012/13 all 30 schools collected a total of 5,623kg of electrical items.

Notes to editors:

Items that can be placed in the WEEE banks include: battery operated toys, CD players, chargers, clocks and watches, computer keyboards, electrical DIY and gardening tools, DVD players, cables, electric toothbrushes, electric toys, hairdryers, hair straighteners, internet boxes, irons, kettles, phones, radios, remote controls, shavers, small electric fans, small kitchen appliances, toasters and video cameras.

The schools with WEEE banks are: Bramhope Primary, Bramley Primary, Broadgate Primary, Colton Primary, Cottingley Primary, Driglington Primary, East Garforth Primary, Five Lanes Primary, Guiseley Infants, Guiseley School, Horsforth Newlaithes School, Ireland Wood Primary, Kippax North J & I School, Little London Primary, Meadowfield Primary, Morley Newlands, Moortown Primary, Ninelands Lane, Otley Whartons Primary, Pudsey Lowtown Primary, Rawdon Littlemoor Primary, Rawdon St Peters Primary, Rothwell C of E Primary, Stanningley Primary, Swillington Primary, Templemoor High School, Thorner Primary, Westerton Primary, Whitecote Primary and Yeadon Westfield Primary.

Currently over a third of all schools are registered with the Leeds sustainable schools framework working to improve their environmental performance across a range of areas including energy, waste, building, grounds and global links.

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