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The Easter bunny paid an eggstra special visit to Treforest this month to crown three schools winners of the Easter Egg Recycling Challenge.

After months of sorting through the plastic, cardboard and foil – the scores are in, and three very worthy schools that have gone above and beyond to recycle all Easter egg related waste have been rewarded.

The three winners collected over 143Kg to scoop top prize in this year’s Easter Egg Recycling Challenge.

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bodringallt hopped in to scoop the top prize of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s school Easter Egg Recycling Challenge after collecting over 60kg in recyclable materials!

They were very closely followed by Rhigos Primary School and Llanharan Primary School.

The challenge, which was set in April, asked schools to collect as much Easter egg recycling material as possible and bring them in to their schools to be collected. The total number of items collected was then calculated in line with the number of pupils at the participating school to find the overall winner.

A total of 54 schools took part in the challenge which saw over 1.2 tonnes of recyclable items collected – that’s equivalent to the weight of 414 average (3kg) school backpacks.

The top three schools scooped cash prizes for their winning efforts with Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bodringallt receiving £300, Rhigos Primary School receiving £100 and Llanharan Primary School receiving £50.

The three schools received their prizes in a special event which allowed them to see how much waste was collected by all 54 schools – the items filled a room, which showcases just how important recycling just one item each can be.  

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“A big congratulations must go to the pupils of all the 54 schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf that took part in the competition.

“They collected an unprecedented amount that has resulted in tonnes of waste being recycled and successfully diverted from landfill.

“The pupils have shown a real enthusiasm for recycling and understand why it is so important.

“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives, especially our younger residents. As we run out of space for our waste, we have to do all we can to ensure we reduce what we throw away, reuse what we can and recycle at every opportunity.

“We all need to do our bit and show we love where we live and take pride in our area – together we can make a difference as these school pupils have shown.”

For more information on recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling, email recycling@rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 425001.

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Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019

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