Pupils get charged up over recycled batteries

County Councillor Janice Hanson with James Nash, commercial account executive for Valpak, pictured with children from Thurnham Glasson Church of England School.
County Councillor Janice Hanson with James Nash, commercial account executive for Valpak, pictured with children from Thurnham Glasson Church of England School.

Top-recycling pupils have won superb prizes for their schools by saving more than 20 tonnes of batteries from being landfilled.

Four hundred and twenty five schools took part in this year’s Tune into Battery Recycling competition, now in its ninth year, which encourages children to bring household batteries into school for recycling instead of throwing them away.

Lancashire County Council works in partnership with Valpak Ltd, who sponsor the contest.

The three primary schools in each district and the top-collecting high school in Lancashire won a prize.

The winners got to choose from an iPad or a £400 voucher for school supplies from TTS Group Ltd.

The prizes were presented by County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection and waste, at a ceremony held at the Environmental Education Centre at Farington Waste Recovery Park near Leyland.

She said: “The battery recycling competition has proved a great success over many years. Every school which took part in this scheme has helped to make a difference.

“I’d particularly like to congratulate the winners.”

In Lancaster, winners were 1 Thurnham Glasson CE School, 2 Stepping Stones School, 3 Leck St Peter’s School. The winning high school was Garstang Community Academy in Preston with Sir Tom Finney Community High School in Preston second and The Chadwick Centre in Lancaster third.