The fourth of December 2013 saw Radcliffe school pupils bursting with excitement as they prepared to receive prizes from the Up and Forward Project funded by the European Union and run by Recycle for Greater Manchester in partnership with Bury Council.
Over a period of eight weeks, local residents and pupils from Gorsefield and St Mary’s primaries in Radcliffe took part in Up and Forward’s recycling rewards campaign which aims to encourage and reward correct recycling. Residents that recycled right were rewarded with golden tickets which they could donate to the school of their choice by taking them to a local collection point,
At the end of the eight weeks the tickets were collected in and as both schools collected a significant number of tickets a £1000 cash prize was allocated to each school.
A joint award ceremony was held at Gorsefield Primary and the event was packed out with excited children preparing to receive their prize in recognition of everyone’s recycling efforts.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bury were in attendance along with Radcliffe Ward Councillor, Tony Cummings and former Waterloo Road actor Will Ash.
Both schools collected a combined total of 4,423 golden tickets meaning that on average more than 550 residents per week recycled correctly throughout the period of the campaign.
Councillor Tony Isherwood, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Bury Council spoke of the work being done in the Radcliffe and said “It’s great to see children and adults alike getting excited about recycling. This project is giving our communities a fantastic opportunity to come together, help the environment and support their local school.”
“I hope that everyone that has joined in will continue to recycle right, waste less and keep on doing their bit to improve recycling. We need everyone to help us meet our target to recycle 50% or more – every household and every item really does count!”
Michelle Lynch, campaign Officer for Bury said “The recycling rewards campaign in Bury has been a massive success, with the help of schools and the education being given on recycling from the teachers has made a big impact to what recycling is and how it helps the environment. The children from both schools have really made a difference to the community and with the help of the campaign I believe they will continue to improve in the near future.”
Will Ash, Waterloo Road actor also commented on the day said: “It’s a great project that is taking place around Greater Manchester and it’s fantastic to see the children getting interested in and becoming local champions for recycling.”
For information Up and Forward projects across Greater Manchester visit www.upandforward.recycleforgreatermanchester.com