WITH the school term under way, pupils will be concentrating on the Three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – with their junior recycling officers.
Nearly 500 recruits, two from each of Cheshire’s primary schools, have received their certificates and recycling packs.
Their year-long task is to promote the recycling message to classmates, teachers, family and friends through events, competitions and any other exciting methods they can think of.
Cheshire County Council’s waste education officer, Lucinda Hodges, said: ‘The need to recycle is high on everyone’s agenda at the moment and raising awareness in the next generation can only put us in good stead for the future.
‘The work of our junior recycling officers is invaluable. Their ability to highlight the issue to such a wide audience throughout their term in office, and have fun at the same time, produces great results.’
Officers will receive regular newsletters packed with ideas, information and competitions which can be presented to the school and used to generate their own recycling projects.
The new recruits will battle it out to claim the Junior Recycling Officer of the Year award next summer after a year of environmental activity.