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Weighing up waste in north London

May 14 2015
A schools recycling competition across primary schools in north London has shown that we can all do more to increase the amount of things we recycle at home, even in just a short period of time.

Seven primary schools took part in the three-week challenge, organised as part of an educational programme to encourage greater ongoing participation in kerbside recycling, by North London Waste Authority (NLWA), in partnership with EcoActive; an environmental educational charity.   

Families from each of the north London boroughs; Hackney, Haringey, Barnet, Waltham Forest, Camden, Enfield and Islington signed up to compete in the recycling challenge and were provided with the equipment necessary to audit their waste and recycling sacks over a three-week period.  Results of recycling weights, including separate results for plastic, paper and card, were provided by the participating families each week, along with photographs of their recycling systems at home. 

The Marchant family from Barnet, whose nine year old daughter Lauren attends Brookland Junior School, successfully demonstrated an increase in the weight of their recycling, collecting 13kg of recycling and made fantastic improvements in the range of materials recycled in the three-week period. They won the competition, receiving £100 in gift vouchers.

Stacey Marchant (mum) said: 

"Lauren and I really enjoyed taking part in this recycling competition. It was interesting to see just how much recyclable material we could collect in just one day. My recycling habits were good beforehand but it was helpful to be introduced to even more products that could be recycled, such as soup cartons and empty aerosols. We’re delighted to have won - not sure what we will spend the money on yet... maybe something recyclable?!"
Interactive workshops, school assemblies and parents evenings were also organised for parents, carers and pupils, which provided practical advice, as well as activities to reinforce the recycling message and show people how to apply new knowledge and skills in ‘real life’ situations. 

For further information on how you can recycle more, please visit the recycle more webpage.