As the borough gears up for the next stage in its recycling revolution, local schools have been commended for leading the way towards a truly green borough.
92 per cent of all Wigan Schools are now registered on the national Eco Schools programme – this places the borough second in the country. Nearly a third of our schools have achieved the prestigious Green Flag Award, which means Wigan Borough is first nationally for the numbers of schools with a Green Flag.
Cabinet champion for young people, Cllr Susan Loudon, says: “This is a remarkable achievement and once again confounds the critics. For Wigan Borough to have the most Green Flags, for us to be representing the north west at Britain in Bloom and, in just a few years, to have moved from no kerbside recycling to a full range of services is testament to the real positive mood of eco awareness we have right now.”
There are nine projects in the Eco Schools portfolio. Participants have to satisfy the judges across issues involving waste, litter, energy, water, biodiversity, school grounds, transport, healthy living and global citizenship. It’s an international award programme that helps schools to make sustainability an integral part of school life, as well as linking with the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important.
Wigan Council environmental education officers provide lively and practical lessons in school, including appearances by recycling mascot Waste Warrior teaching all about what happens to people’s waste, which, it is hoped, will enable the children to take their eco messages home as well. Their parents will be gearing up for the biggest change in refuse collections this week as a revised collection services begin.
Cllr Loudon adds: “I’m really proud of all our schools who have achieved a bronze, silver or green flag award. Let’s make this the year that we push for all our schools to get started on the programme because what’s great about the children is how enthusiastic they are to share their eco skills at school and at home and help create a really green future for us all.”
From 3rd September black bins will be collected every other week and residents will also be able to put food waste in their green bin or green outdoor caddy. They have been provided with a silver indoor caddy with compostable liners which can then be transferred to the green bin. To find out new collection dates from 3rd September residents should have received a collection calendar but they can also find out their collection dates by visiting Wigan Council's recycling pages.