Cascade pupils win recycling competition

2015-10-27 06:00
Cascade Primary School pupils pick up rubbish during their clean-up day.  PHOTO:  Craig Wilson

Cascade Primary School pupils pick up rubbish during their clean-up day. PHOTO: Craig Wilson

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Pupils of Cascade Primary School in Tafelsig cheered with delight on hearing that they have won the first-ever Clean Up and Recycle competition.

The pupils collected 2.5tons of recyclable items, including plastic bottles, cans, paper and glass bottles, during the four-week competition arranged by Peninsula Beverages Company (PenBev), a bottler and distributor of the Coca-Cola Company’s products.

Cascade Primary’s 950 pupils competed against Woodville and Imperial primary schools to collect and recycle the most waste per pupil during World Clean Up Month between 9 September and 9 October.

Each school also held a clean-up day, where pupils learnt about the value of recycling and collected waste in and around their school buildings.

PenBev’s spokesperson, Denise Behrens, says: “We are thrilled by the amazing response from all three schools to clean up their community and collect so many items for recycling. Altogether Cascade Primary, Imperial Primary and Woodville Primary recycled 4.6tons during the competition.”

Cascade principal Gale Adriaanse says the first prize of R10 000 will be spent on painting some of the classrooms and doing other repairs.

“We are so thankful to all the pupils, teachers, parents and community members who got into the spirit of the competition by recycling everything they could for our school. The message this competition has is a valuable one for our pupils – we all have a role to play in taking care of the environment,” says Adriaanse.

The school plans to continue recycling throughout the year as a way to create additional income.

“We are sitting on a gold mine. With each item recycled, we can raise funds to sow back into our school and there is quite a lot of enthusiasm from pupils and parents to continue recycling,” she says.

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