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School children pass on food recycling message to parents

A Swansea school girl is helping to pass on the food recycling message to thousands of homes across the city.

food waste poster

Pen-y-fro Primary School pupil, Polly Sampson aged 8, won a city-wide art competition to design a poster about food waste recycling. The winning design is now set to be displayed on the sides of ten Swansea Council recycling vehicles, helping to remind residents of the importance of food recycling.

The winning poster was one of 220 posters submitted as part of a campaign led by WRAP Cymru and Swansea Council.

Welsh Government Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn visited Polly and her classmates at Pen-y-fro to unveil the colourful artwork and congratulate the school on their efforts.

Hannah Blythyn, said: "I'm forever impressed by the passion our school pupils here in Wales have for our environment. Well done to all the students who took part and congratulations to Polly and Pen-y-fro Primary. I can't wait to see the new-look recycling vehicles on the streets of Swansea."

The minister was joined at the school by Mark Thomas, the Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management. He said: "The benefit of this latest campaign is we can get children, at a young age, to understand the benefits of food recycling and ensure that as they get older, they see this as normal practice when it comes to disposing of household waste.

"Many residents are also doing a fantastic job and are recycling their food waste. I'm confident that by encouraging more residents to recycle their food waste along with other kerbside recycling services we provide, we will continue to meet government recycling targets and in doing so improve our local environment."

As part of the winning prize for the school, Polly's class also visited the Council's main contractor for food recycling - Agrivert in Bridgend. The class got the opportunity to see how all the waste food collected in Swansea is recycled and how it is turned into energy.

Pen-y-fro teacher, Kirsty Williams is also the school's Eco Committee Coordinator. She said: "The competition was a fun and engaging way of educating pupils and their families on the importance of recycling food waste.

"The pupils were fascinated that if they recycle their food waste it can power household items such as games consoles and televisions."  

More and more people in Swansea are recycling their food waste. 72% of residents use the weekly food recycling service provided by the Council, and last year alone they recycled enough food to power a whole school for six years.

Catrin Palfrey, Recycle for Wales Campaign Manager, said: "We were delighted with the fantastic response by schools across the county to the Swansea Food Recycling Mission. Thank you to all schools who delivered the lessons and to all the pupils who designed posters, there were so many brilliant entries.

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