‘Good Life’ school scoops top award for recycling

By on 28/09/2012 in Cllr McKay, News

A primary school in Shard End which teaches its children the 'Good Life' scooped the top award at Birmingham's first Recycling Awards on Friday 28 September in the Council House Banqueting Suite.

Timberley Primary School impressed the judges with its whole school approach to recycling and waste reduction, winning the school's reuse and waste reduction categories as well as the overall winner.  School children grow food for the school and the on-site animals, compost all animal and plant waste, take part in the school's can collection scheme.  Even the animals' homes, which include an aviary and a rabbit warren, are made from reclaimed materials.

Other winners included fashion student Clare Cartmell, who made her collection out of recycled and reused materials (winner of the reuse - home category); Cycle Chain, an organisation which reuses bikes to create learning and working opportunities for people with learning disabilities (winner of the reuse - business category), and the Novotel which has put its Green Agenda at the heart of its organisation (winner of the waste reduction - business category).

The Priory Estate Management won the award for waste reduction in the home thanks to their work on a communal recycling service in conjunction with Lifford Lane depot and the top recycling award for a business went to Cofton Nursery.  Adult learner George Wood won the recycling in the home category, Tiverton Primary School in Selly Oak won the school's recycling category and Birmingham Children's Hospital won the Love Food Hate Waste category for cooking up 'overs omelette' and 'bread and butter pudding'.

Winner of the community/neighbourhood project category was the Northfield Eco Centre, a green charity in Northfield, and the best composting activity was scooped by the Alderman Bowen Day Centre, a centre for adults with learning difficulties.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter Elliott Webb and introduced by Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, the ceremony gave the city a chance to highlight projects, organisations and individuals who are all going the extra mile to help protect the environment.

Cllr James McKay said:  “The Recycling Awards capture our pride in the fantastic work that goes on in our communities.  They are the city's way of celebrating the actions of those who play a role in protecting the environment and contributing to the green agenda.

“These awards are important because we all care about our future and the world we live in.  You are here today because your contribution is appreciated and valued.”


Media contact - Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476   debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

Photographs of the Recycling Awards can be downloaded from  http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamculture/

Summary of winning & highly commended entries for Recycling Awards:

Waste Reduction - Business:

Winner: Novotel, Birmingham - The hotel introduced a Green Agenda in 2002 and has a green team in each department responsible for promoting green and sustainable issues.  Key waste reduction elements include;

Waste collected by Brindleyplace staff and recycled on site
Promotion of reuse of towels by guests; cash saved used to plant trees in deprived areas
Filtered water for conferences; cuts down on number of glass bottles used

Highly commended: Birmingham Children's Hospital - Through the use of pre-booked meals, the hospital has reduced the amount of food waste it throws away.

Waste Reduction - Home:

Winner: Priory Estate Management - Set up a communal recycling service working in conjunction with Lifford Lane depot to reduce the number of boxes littering the estate and to allow residents in both flats and houses to recycle.

Highly commended: Birmingham Freegle - A website set up to encourage people to reuse household items by passing them on to people who want them.  They have 25,000 members in Birmingham and have diverted 500 tonnes from the waste stream since 2004.

Waste Reduction - School/College/University:

Winner: Timberley Primary School (an Academy) - Very keen reducers of waste including;

Grow own food for school and to feed to on-site animals
All animal and plant waste composted
Can collection scheme
Building work undertaken with reclaimed materials including screws & nails from old furniture
Aviary from a reclaimed greenhouse
Rabbit warren from reclaimed paving stones
Pig troughs from old urinals and water cisterns

This school is also the overall winner as felt they had really embraced the whole ethos of recycling and waste reduction

Highly commended: Tiverton Primary School - The school recycles not only paper and card, but multi materials, batteries, stamps, clothing and printer cartridges.  Also composts food waste from the kitchen.

Reuse - Business:

Winner: Cycle Chain - Cycle Chain reuses bikes to create learning and working opportunities for people with learning disabilities.  Bikes are donated mainly by the police, brought back into use and sold to raise funds.  They also provide classes in basic bike maintenance for people.  Hoping to retrieve bikes from HRC sites in the future.

Reuse - Home:

Winner: Clare Cartmell - Claire has just finished a Foundation course in Fashion and for her last project chose to focus on recycling/reuse to make a collection at little or no costs.  Used plastic bags to make a lace type materials as well as copper hessian (copper paint bonded to hessian).  She made 4 outfits using the materials and they appeared at a college fashion show.

Reuse - School/College/University:

Winner: Timberley Primary School (an Academy) - as per waste reduction entry

Highly commended: Aston University - The University has set up a furniture reuse scheme across all departments and the halls of residence that has diverted 2.5 tonnes of furniture from disposal in 8 months, saving the university £14000 in the cost of new furniture.

Recycling - Business:

Winner: Cofton Nursery – Recycle all their plastic plant pots, carrier/trays and packaging.  Old plant material is chipped and used as compost.  Old pallets used by Severn Valley Railway in the train engines.  Letters are shredded and pulped down and made into brickets for fires.

Highly commended: Castle Bingo  – Their site in Barnes Hill, Bartley Green has increased recycling from 5% of waste in 2010 to 90% in 2012.  Now recycles glass, paper, plastics and food.

Recycling - Home:

Winner: George Wood (nominated by tutor at Sparkhill Adult Education Centre) - George loves to recycle.  He collects paper every day and cuts it up and stores it until it is collected by his recycling crews every 2 weeks.

Highly commended: Pr
iory Estate (Edgbaston) - Their communal recycling scheme for the whole estate has increased recycling rates and participation and reduced the number of recycling boxes lying around the roads.

Recycling - School:

Winner: Tiverton Primary School – not only does the school devote considerable time and energy to recycling a large number of materials within its grounds, the children have extended their efforts into the wider community and linked up with Birmingham University Guild to improve the environment in Selly Oak, as well as raising money to help protect rainforests.

Highly commended: Timberley Primary School (an Academy) – another very impressive entry, indicating a wide variety of recycling / re-use applications and making excellent use of reclaimed materials to create interesting environments for plants, animals and pupils.

Highly commended: Nelson Primary School – this entry also demonstrated long-term commitment to recycling and the school environment with a variety of materials collected, and involving everyone in the school.  Rainforest charities have also benefitted from their efforts.

Love Food Hate Waste recipe:

Winner: Birmingham Children's Hospital - Submitted 2 recipes - one for an “overs omelette” utilising left over meats in an omelette and “bread and butter pudding”

Community/Neighbourhood Project:

Winner: Northfield Eco Centre - Charity run for the people of Northfield to encourage them to be greener.  Recycle items such as foil, energy saving light bulbs, batteries, bras, electrical appliances and textiles.  Built a cold frame and greenhouse from plastic bottles, use tyres and donated wood to make planters and pond is old baths.  Encourage a sustainable lifestyle leading by example and reusing materials themselves.  Offer courses and activities and have energy advisors to assist people cut their carbon footprint.

Highly commended: Cycle Chain – Cycle Chain reuses bikes to create learning and working opportunities for people with learning disabilities.  Bikes are donated mainly by the police, brought back into use and sold to raise funds.  They also provide classes in basic bike maintenance for people.

Highly commended: Alderman Bowen Day Centre - the centre does everything it can to recycle and raise income for the centre.  Glass jars and plastic tubs are reused.  Cans, clothes and old mobile phones are sold and the income used at the centre. The centre has also formed partnerships with local companies such as Dunelm Mill who donate plastic cups to use as plant pots.

Best composting activity:

Winner: Alderman Bowen Day Centre (centre for adults with learning difficulties) - to save on cost of buying compost for their garden projects, they built 4 large compost bins with pallets and asked all users of the centre to bring in their fruit/veg peelings. Kitchen at the centre also donates compostables as well as the council staff cutting the grass outside the centre.  Any excess is sold to raise funds for the centre.  All staff and service users are involved in the project.

Highly commended: Moorpool Bowling Club -  Run from the Moorpool estate in Harborne where residents work together to create Moorpool in Bloom.  The bowling club is used for community composting as well as providing the worms for the fishermen who use the lake for fishing!

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