Recycling? It’s the tops for us!

Children at Ferney Lee School have been recycling plastic bottle tops
Children at Ferney Lee School have been recycling plastic bottle tops

PUPILS at Ferney Lee School are aiming to fly the flag for recycling.

The school has already achieved Eco Schools Awards for its environmentally friendly initiatives and has set its sights on winning the Green Flag Award.

School administrator Vanessa Kenyon, who is also an Eco Schools co-ordinator, said Ferney Lee has a successful history of recycling. “We have always done recycling,” she said.

“We have an eco council which meets once a fortnight to decide what we are going to do.

“We now collect used printer cartridges and plastic bottle tops. We have decided that we are going to collect bottle tops because we found a company that we can send them to and they will turn them into furniture for our wild garden and the yard.

“We have already got some recycled picnic tables and fencing.”

Other green initiatives at the school include putting plants in the classrooms to help counter-act heat generated by the computers. Staff have also placed plastic bottles known as “hippos” in the toilet tanks to save water when flushing.

Vegetables grown in the school’s wild garden are used in meals at lunchtimes.