Washing and squashing milk and juice cartons reduces burden on Mont Cuet once again

November 12th, 2010 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

An avalanche of milk and juice cartons pour out onto the floor of Mayside Recycling during the Wash and Squash initiative sponsored by HSBC Securities Services (Guernsey) Ltd. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Local schools have received nearly £14,000 thanks to a campaign that has helped increase the number of drinks cartons being recycled by more than 20%.

The Wash & Squash initiative, which has been sponsored and run by HSBC Securities Services (Guernsey) Limited (HSSG) encouraged young islanders to recycle paper-based liquid food and drinks cartons.

Fourteen local primary schools participated in the four-month campaign, which was launched in June in conjunction with the Public Services Department.

Pupils were given stickers so they could put their name and their school on cartons before recycling them, and HSSG made a prize fund available for recycling ‘winners’.   Cartons were drawn ‘lucky dip’ style by Public Services every two weeks during the campaign.  All the schools were given £50 just for participating, and were notified of their total funds won at a special Awards Ceremony at Hautes Capelles School. Winning children were also awarded certificates and recycled stationery.

Hautes Capelles and St Andrews schools were the biggest winners in the campaign – the former having four lucky cartons plucked from the growing mound at Mayside and the latter, three.

Liam Bourgaize, Depot Manager of Mayside Recycling, with the two milk cartons labelled by primary school children that he selected as prize winners from the mountain of recycled milk and juice cartons that Mayside Recycling received (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Castel School also did well, with recyclers there amassing two wins. Each winning school will receive over £600 per carton pulled out. Each pupil received a pencil case made out of recycled tyres.

Tina Norman-Ross, Recycling Officer from PSD explains, “We have been thrilled with the campaign results. Not only have we increased the amount of cartons being recycled, it has also been a really fun way to keep the children interested in recycling and more aware of the issues regarding waste. Wash and Squash has really engaged their imagination and we hope the success we’ve seen will long continue.”

Ms. Linda Paley, Head Teacher at St Andrews Primary School says, “The children have been really motivated and enthused by The Wash and Squash Campaign. They really enjoyed Tina’s special assembly to launch the campaign where she demonstrated how to wash and squash cartons. This encouraged many children to involve their wider families and friends to recycle their cartons too. We are hoping to put the money towards having a Traversing wall installed in the playground.”

States Deputy Scott Ogier also attended the presentation and reinforced the positive impact the campaign had on Guernsey’s overarching waste management objectives.  Hayley Saunders, Chairperson of HSSG’s Charitable Trust, helped distribute the winning funds to each school and awarded individual children with their certificates.

Hayley Saunders said, “HSSG is so proud to be a part of such an important campaign. The treatment of the island’s waste is a pressing matter. We really wanted to encourage and support the participating schools to make a real difference, not just for the campaign but over the longer-term.”

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