Local schools announced joint winners in recycling competition

Each year Cheshire East Primary Schools are invited to take part in a competition to find the Junior Recycling Officers (JRO) of the Year.

Organised by ANSA, the organisation that delivers waste and recycling services for Cheshire East Council, more than 30 schools submitted entries to the competition and the finalists presented their work to a panel of Cheshire East Councillors at the Lord Egerton's Apartments in Tatton Park.

Organiser Lucinda Hodges observed "As I visit the primary schools around Cheshire East I am amazed by the innovation and enthusiasm displayed by so many children. Today we see four finalists but there are many other schools doing fantastic work in recycling."

Teams from Alderely Edge Community Primary School, Lindow Community Primary School, St John's CE Primary School, Sandbach Heath and Warmingham CE Primary School made it through to the final to present their activities and face questioning. After lengthy deliberation, the panel of judges decided to declare joint winners, Alderley Edge, represented by Freya, Robyn and Merlina and Lindow, represented by Alice, Jemima and Maks.

The winning schools will receive £150 each towards an Environmental Project of their choice at school.

All the finalists received medals and a 'recycling pack' and awards were also given for Best Recycling Idea, Best Change in School, Best Recycling Collection and Best Community Involvement. After lunch they were given an educational tour of Tatton Gardens led by Tatton's Head Gardner.

Judge, Councillor Don Stockton, Environment Portfolio holder for Cheshire East commended all the teams for the excellence of their presentations and said "Having seen the enthusiasm of these JROs, the future of our environment is in their hands and their willingness to spread the word is very reassuring."

Alderley Edge Community Primary School, Lindow Community Primary School