School children designing the future of recycling in Cheltenham

Published on 5th August 2019

Children in school uniform stand with the mayor in suit and mayoral chain in front of a green recycling vehicle, smiling and squinting into the sun

Winning designs for next generation recycling vehicles go on display at the Municipal Offices until Friday 30 August.

Over the last few months officers from Cheltenham Borough Council have been visiting primary schools in Cheltenham including Springbank Primary Academy,  to promote the reduce, reuse and recycle message supporting the council’s commitment to the environment and climate change. 

Springbank Primary Academy school children set their sights on the future and have designed the next generation of recycling vehicles. Ubico, the council’s service provider, visited the school with a recycling vehicle and Cheltenham Borough Council officers spoke to the children about recycling.  The four winning designs and two runner up designs chosen by the mayor are now on display in the committee suite foyer in the Municipal Offices until Friday 30 August 2019 and will also be available to view on the council’s facebook page in August.

Mayor, Councillor Roger Whyborn, said “The children were very excited by the large recycling vehicle on their playground, particularly when the flashing lights were turned on.  We will need to wait to see if any of the winning designs end up in production sometime in the future!”

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, said: “The effects of climate change will impact our children’s lives more than ours so it is really important that we engage with school children on these important issues and take action now to reduce waste and increase re-use and recycling.

“It was great that officers could reassure the children that all the plastic collected in the kerbside boxes in Cheltenham goes to Swinton in Manchester and is turned into flake or pellets ready to processed into other plastic products.’’

Details about plastic recycling can be found on the council’s website


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