Welwyn Garden City pupils compete to help environment

PUBLISHED: 10:32 02 March 2019

Pupils at Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City are making good use of their new bottle crushing machine.
Picture: Monk's Walk School

Pupils at Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City are making good use of their new bottle crushing machine. Picture: Monk's Walk School

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Welwyn Garden City pupils are doing their bit to help the environment with a little bit of help from a reverse vending machine.

Pupils at Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City are making good use of their new bottle crushing machine.
Picture: Monk's Walk SchoolPupils at Monk's Walk School in Welwyn Garden City are making good use of their new bottle crushing machine. Picture: Monk's Walk School

Excel Vending installed a machine at Monk’s Walk School this week, which collects, sorts and crushes single use plastic bottles.

The machine makes the bottles ready for collection and recycling.

When a bottle is put into the machine, it issues house points for each bottle deposited.

Already it is proving to be a big hit with the youngsters.

After only two days the collection bags were full and the playground and the school bins were clear of plastic bottles.

Speaking about the initiative, Tony Page, who is the site supervisor behind the idea, said: “We were keen to raise awareness of environmental issues at the school and when exploring the options we came across Reverse Vending which led us to John MacDonald from Excel Vending.

“He was passionate about the system and more than willing to help us with everything we needed to know in order to make our choice.”

Headteacher Kate Smith said “We are delighted with the reverse vending machine and the deposit return scheme which has truly enabled us to engage students and staff right from the outset.

“Appealing to their competitive nature is proving to be a success and we are confident the weekly updates will maintain their enthusiasm throughout the year.”

A spokesperson for Excel Vending said “With over 1,300 students actively involved in depositing their used bottles in the machine the school can expect to be busy emptying the machine on a frequent basis, but it is the fact that the reverse vending machine is raising the students awareness of the environmental issues that is truly pleasing to us.

“We applaud Monk’s Walk for being an early adopter of reverse vending and for creating an innovative way to use the deposit return scheme to engage the whole school community in a very effective manner”.

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