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Castlepark Primary in competition for eco playground

Posted on 3 Jul 2018
Castlepark PS competition

Castlepark Primary is in the running to win a fantastic new sustainable outdoor play area and they need your help.

The school is one of only five schools in Scotland, and 32 from across the UK, to be in for a chance of winning the playground which is partially made from recycled plastics.  This waste recycling competition is being run by TerraCycle – a Febreze and Fairy partner.

Castlepark Primary’s eco-committee secured their place in the competition by signing up to become one of TerraCycle’s local collection points for items that are regularly sent to landfill including cleaning spray bottles, food pouches and used pens.

And thanks to the school’s great effort, they now need the support of the local community to help them win the top prize.

You can give your support by visiting the following website and voting  for the school:

Anne Wylie, Eco-School Co-ordinator at Castlepark, said: “Our Eco-Committee, Parent Council and indeed the entire school community has worked really hard to spread the positive message of sustainability and waste reduction in the local area. 

“Their efforts have already been recognised, having secured two green eco-flags for the school, demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment.

“But this competition now gives us a fantastic opportunity for all of our pupils to reap the rewards of recycling by giving us the chance to win a sustainable playground which they can all enjoy.

“As the winner is the school that receives the most votes, we are calling on everyone in North Ayrshire to get behind us.  We are the only school in North Ayrshire to be in the running for the playground, so we hope everyone here can support us by voting for our school.”

The competition focuses on raising awareness of the issue of waste recycling among the youngest in our society.  This project aims to help reduce plastic litter from entering nature’s playground and polluting the planet, instead creating play areas for kids to enjoy a bit of fresh air everywhere.

32 schools around the country are competing to win the sustainable playground that promotes healthy lifestyles for kids and for the planet. Voting closes on 24 July, with the winner announced thereafter.  The plan is for the playground to be delivered and installed later in winter 2018.

The recycled playground will be built using 900 kg of recycled plastic, mainly with parts made from kerbside recycling waste collected in the UK that includes milk bottles, plastic drink bottles, plastic food trays and containers. Construction of a playground made from recycled plastic shows the possibilities of circular economy, with everyday use plastic waste being turned into a playing field. 

Scott Popham, Senior Communications Manager at P&G comments: “We hope that the construction of a playground made from recycled plastic will help raise awareness of the issue of plastic recycling amongst the youngest in the UK.

“Teaching children about sustainability and protecting the environment is of paramount importance; recycled plastic playground helps bring attention of the youngest to innovative uses of everyday products via recycling – not everything has to go to the trash bin!’’