‘Good Life’ School Scoops Birmingham’s Top Award for Recycling

Published on Friday, 28 September 2012 14:51
Posted by Scott Buckler

A primary school in Shard End, Birmingham, which teaches its children the 'Good Life' scooped the top award at Birmingham's first Recycling Awards on Friday 28 September in the Council House Banqueting Suite

Timberley Primary (an Academy) impressed the judges with its whole school approach to recycling and waste reduction, winning the school's reuse and waste reduction categories as well as the overall winner.  School children grow food for the school and the on-site animals, compost all animal and plant waste, take part in the school's can collection scheme and all vegetable waste from the school kitchen is fed to the animals.  Even the animals' homes, which include an aviary and a rabbit warren, are made from reclaimed materials.

Other winners included fashion student Clare Cartmell, who made her collection out of recycled and reused materials (winner of the reuse – home category); Cycle Chain, an organisation which reuses bikes to create learning and working opportunities for people with learning disabilities (winner of the reuse – business category), and the Novotel which has put its Green Agenda at the heart of its organisation (winner of the waste reduction – business category).

The Priory Estate Management won the award for waste reduction in the home thanks to their work on a communal recycling service in conjunction with Lifford Lane depot and the top recycling award for a business went to Cofton Nursery.  Adult learner George Wood won the recycling in the home category, Tiverton Primary School in Selly Oak won the school's recycling category and Birmingham Children's Hospital won the Love Food Hate Waste category for cooking up 'overs omelette' and 'bread and butter pudding'.

Winner of the community/neighbourhood project category was the Northfield Eco Centre, a green charity in Northfield, and the best composting activity was scooped by the Alderman Bowen Day Centre, a centre for adults with learning difficulties.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter Elliott Webb and introduced by Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, the ceremony gave the city a chance to highlight projects, organisations and individuals who are all going the extra mile to help protect the environment.

Cllr James McKay said:  "The Recycling Awards capture our pride in the fantastic work that goes on in our communities.  They are the city's way of celebrating the actions of those who play a role in protecting the environment and contributing to the green agenda.

"These awards are important because we all care about our future and the world we live in.  You are here today because your contribution is appreciated and valued."

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