The recycling initiative was set up between Medway Council and Veolia Environmental Services and saw Veolia reward schools with £5 for every tonne of recyclable waste collected.
Last week, pupils at Cuxton Infant School collected a cheque for £9,702.50 on behalf of all the schools that took part. This money will be shared among the participating schools, depending on how much waste they collected.
Vic Window, Veolia Environmental Services Regional Manager, East Kent said: “We are delighted to be able to reward the schoolchildren in Medway for their recycling efforts. At Veolia we are committed to providing facilities to encourage people to recycle as much of their waste as possible to help protect the environment. So it’s really encouraging to see that the next generation in Medway are already doing all they can.”
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Sending unnecessary waste to overflowing landfill sites is bad for the environment and costly.
“We encourage all our residents to recycle their waste when they can. Medway Council has introduced a range of schemes to make it easier for people to recycle more, including expanding the range of materials collected during doorstep collections, and offering more recycling banks in the community, including facilities to recycle Tetra Pak cartons at five key locations around Medway, which cannot be collected through kerbside collection scheme.
“It’s great to know children have taken up the baton to recycle their waste while at school.”
Cllr Les Wicks, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, added: “Children learn the importance of recycling and being environmentally sympathetic at school. I am so pleased to learn that our children are doing their bit to help the environment and are responsible members of the community.”