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Squirreling away waste electricals

20 September 2016

School children from Alresford Primary School are celebrating their victory in a county-wide recycling competition by attending a free sculpture workshop.

Earlier this year, eight primary schools collected small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as part of a Recycle for Essex competition. Alresford Primary School was announced as the winner with a total of 262.5kg collected.

Almost one tonne of small WEEE was collected from schools in just one week, with many schools receiving a fun and engaging assembly about the importance of recycling WEEE.

Pupils from Alresford Primary School celebrated their win with a sculpture session run by Dave the Sculptureman, a Southend-based artist. This involved making a squirrel sculpture from a steel frame covered in corrugated card and plastic bottle caps.

Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Waste also attended the sculpture session to meet the pupils, see activities and present the school with a certificate.

Following the event, Cllr Walsh said: “I would like to congratulate Alresford Primary School and all who took part in this competition. As a county Essex recycled almost 2,500 tonnes of small waste electricals in 2015 at recycling centres and there’s a lot more we can do to improve on this. Competitions like this are a fantastic way to introduce children to the importance of recycling.”

Recycling WEEE has been made even easier for residents in Essex, with free recycling points now in over fifteen libraries. To find out more about recycling WEEE, please visit: