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Eco-champs spread the recycling message through school competition

More than 5,600 schoolchildren have been learning how to recycle as part of a district-wide initiative to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and polluting our environment.

Getting It Sorted comp winners - Orchards

Staff from Fenland District Council and dedicated volunteers have been delivering educational recycling activities to pupils from schools across the district as part of the Council's Getting It Sorted campaign.

Youngsters have been learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the initiative and taking part in a popular recycling story competition to win a year's free recycling service for their school.

Cllr Peter Murphy, the Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, who helped judge the competition entries, said: "We were blown away by the hundreds of entries received and were presented with a tough task when choosing the winners!

"The competition was a great way of encouraging young people to think about how to be responsible with rubbish and helps them learn valuable recycling lessons they can use not only at school but also at home too!"

The overall competition winner was nine-year-old Justina Dambraskaite, of Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech. She won a year's free recycling service for her school along with a range of fully-recycled prizes for herself. The overall runner-up was 11-year-old Charley Gardner of Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.

The under 9s winner was five-year-old Lewis Godbald from Orchards Primary and eight-year-old Cassey Marie Dolan, of the same school, was the under 9s runner-up prize winner.

Ten-year-old Madeleine Pooley from Cavalry Primary School in March won the best independent recycling storyboard with runner-up Joshua Sustins, 10, also from Cavalry Primary School.

The judges also awarded a dedicated recycler prize to a 14-year-old student from Meadowgate School in Wisbech for her outstanding recycling knowledge and competition entry.

All the children taking part in the competition received a Getting It Sorted certificate and recycling promotional materials to help them with their future recycling efforts. 

Hundreds of children showed a fantastic understanding of recycling within their competition entries, with some of their reasons for recycling and recycling messages including:

  • "Recycling is a good thing, it keeps our world clean"
  •  "I recycle to help the sea and animals"
  • "I've started picking up the rubbish where I live"
  • To "help the environment and to make other useful things"
  • "Remember, recycle and don't be a Pollutron!"

So, as the competition entrants remind us, let's recycle!

Inspired to recycle more but need some support? Pledge to recycle at: to receive your free recycling pledge pack, with email support and guidance from your Getting It Sorted volunteer team.

For more information about the Getting It Sorted project, to become a volunteer or request a recycling event for your local community group or school please contact the Council's Environmental Project Officer, Amy Robinson, on 01354 654321, via email at: or visit

Article added: July 19, 2018