Pupils are leading the way on waste recycling

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School children in Banbridge are leading the way in reducing waste this November.

Bridge Integrated Primary School is one of 315 local schools signed up to a food waste pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle (3Rs). With help from their teachers and parents, children will do their bit to reduce food waste for a full week.

The European Week for Waste Reduction Campaign is taking place from November 16-24.

Tanya Davis, teacher at Bridge Integrated Primary School said: “At Bridge Integrated Primary School we are delighted to be involved in the EWWR Campaign and we plan to use the resources to help educate the pupils about food waste, this has helped contribute towards the Waste topic of our Eco-Schools Programme.”

Tracy Fitzpatrick from Banbridge District Council said: “With over £12 billion worth of food and drinks wasted each year in the UK, Banbridge District Council thinks it is wonderful that our local schools are doing their part to combat and raise awareness of these shocking statistics by taking actions to reduce food waste for the week.”

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Last year Northern Ireland ranked 4th overall out of Europe in registrations for EWWR. With so many schools doing their bit, school children here are hoping to get an even better result this year!

TIDY Northern Ireland, the environmental charity operating Eco-Schools has been astounded with the amount of schools showing an interest in the campaign this year, uptake has increased three-fold from last year.

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Carmel Fyfe, Eco-Schools Manager, TIDY Northern Ireland said: “With nearly 90% of schools now involved in the Eco-Schools Programme it is clear to see how deeply our young people care about the environment.

“It is wonderful to see so many schools getting involved in this important waste reduction initiative and making the necessary changes to minimise waste, reduce consumption and importantly, change the habits that last a lifetime.”