Pupils can win with trash-loving

2015-09-15 06:00
Imperial Primary School held a cleanup day as part of a recycling competition. Pupils were collected as much litter as possible in 20 minutes. Pupils from lower grades remained on the school premises cleaning the field, garden and quads while pupils

Imperial Primary School held a cleanup day as part of a recycling competition. Pupils were collected as much litter as possible in 20 minutes. Pupils from lower grades remained on the school premises cleaning the field, garden and quads while pupils

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Almost 4000 children are being encouraged to clean up their streets and schools in a recycling competition held at three schools.

Imperial, Cascade and Woodville primary schools will compete for R10 000 in refurbishments. The competition encourages pupils to collect cans, paper, plastic bottles and glass bottles to be recycled.

The initiative is hosted by Peninsula Beverages (PenBev), the bottler of the products of the Coca-Cola Company.

It will run for a month from 9 September to 9 October. Children can collect as much recycled goods as possible during this period of time.

On Friday last week, Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley held a clean-up celebration day.

Pupils were given refuse bags and gloves and cleaned inside and outside the schoolgrounds.

After the 20-minute cleanup, the pupils were treated to refreshments and music.

School principal Colin Baron says it is a numbers game.

“We have the numbers. We have 1900 children at the school and we have started collecting already,” he says.

The competition is run by [dot]GOOD and the school’s progress is monitored by Waste Want, a waste management company.

The litter collected will be weighed and the weight will be divided by the number of pupils at the school. This will give them the weight of refuse collected per pupil.

The school with the most weight per pupil will be awarded the R10 000 which will be handed to a service provider to complete the refurbishments.

Baron says should Imperial win, the money will go toward routine maintenance such as painting and replacing rusted gates and window panes.

Woodville and Cascade primary schools will hold their cleanup celebration days later this month.

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Penbev will also host a beach cleanup on Saturday to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day. All interested residents can meet at Sunrise Circle, Muizenberg beach and help clean from 08:00 to 13:00

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