Leeds pupils are top of the class for going green

Pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School are urging students across Leeds to become recycling champions.
Pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School are urging students across Leeds to become recycling champions.
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Youngsters at schools across Leeds are being urged to go green in a bid to become recycling champions.

Green-minded pupils are giving their classmates lessons in being eco-friendly in the run up to Recycle Week.

And students at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School are some of the first to sign up to become waste recycling advisors.

They are set to star in a film by Leeds City Council calling on other schools across the city to follow their lead to help boost recycling in the classroom and at home.

Headteacher Wendy Walsh praised their efforts and said: “We couldn’t have had a better response when we asked our pupils if they wanted to become recycling advisors.

“It’s been so encouraging to see them take ownership of a key issue and to help others at school and home understand why it’s so important to recycle.

“It’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience for us as a whole school community with pupils being very excited about their opportunity to be stars of the big screen in the recycling film.”

A team of 12 advisors are on hand in the school to offer tips and advice about how to go green.

To become a recycling advisor, pupils were asked to respond to a job advert and complete an application.

Successful candidates then signed a contract to give a personal commitment to encourage classroom audits as well as providing information on what can be recycled.

The recycling champions will also give talks to each class in their school about the scheme and encourage friends and family to recycle as much as possible.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, added:“The recycling advisors project is an ideal way to give our children and young people life skills and the knowledge that are crucial to bring about a long lasting change in attitudes and behaviours when it comes to waste.”

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