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Children get the composting bug

Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Hundreds of school children across South Yorkshire have taken part in a competition to learn about and promote the benefits of composting.

Infant and junior school children designed eye-catching posters to encourage more people to help the environment by composting their kitchen and garden waste.

Picture of pupils with winning posters

Prize winners with their winning posters

The six winning schools each received a composting bin and £200 worth of gardening equipment.

The competition was organised by the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership and Renewi, the firm behind the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers.

The winning schools are Hoyland Common and Ladywood in Barnsley, Shaw Wood Academy and Stonehill in Doncaster, and Blackburn and Laughton All Saints in Rotherham.

Winning pupil with gardening equipment

Competition winner

Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe took part after the school’s gardening club decided to learn more about composting and how it can help the environment.

Teacher Lisa Hanson explained: “They researched it on the internet as part of a lesson and then the challenge was to put all the information they’d learned into their posters.

“The children really enjoyed it, they learned a lot, and having won these prizes, we are now going to be putting into practice what they have learned and start composting at the school in September.”

Assistant Community Education Liaison Officer based at Manvers, Rebecca Wilson, praised the enthusiasm of youngsters who wanted to do their bit to help save the planet.

“We had lots of entries and were really impressed with the standard of the posters they produced.  Although the waste treatment facility at Manvers diverts 97% of household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham from landfill, composting at home gets more use out of garden waste, saves space in bins and money on fertilisers for the garden.”

There were prizes for adults too.  A social media competition for residents of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham offered participants the chance to win their own compost bin.  Three winners were chosen, one from each town.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet spokesperson for Environment and Transport at Barnsley Council, said: “The BDR Waste Partnership is working hard to improve the quality of our environment for residents in the three boroughs.  The latest campaign working with homes, schools and community groups to highlight the benefits of composting has been extremely beneficial.  The shared skills contribute to our Town Spirit Theme Protect It, helping residents to make small changes such as composting and recycling to keep Barnsley clean and green.”