Children get the composting bug

Published Friday, 26th July 2019
Children get the composting bug
Hundreds of school children across South Yorkshire have taken part in a competition to learn about and promote the benefits of composting.

Hundreds of school children across South Yorkshire have taken part in a competition to learn about and promote the benefits of composting.

Infant and junior school children designed eye-catching posters to encourage more people to help the environment by composting their kitchen and garden waste.

The six winning schools each received a composting bin and £200 worth of gardening equipment.

The competition was organised by the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership and Renewi, the firm behind the award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers.

The winning schools are Blackburn and Laughton All Saints in Rotherham, Shaw Wood Academy and Stonehill in Doncaster, and Hoyland Common and Ladywood in Barnsley.

Assistant Community Education Liaison Officer based at Manvers, Rebecca Wilson, praised the enthusiasm of youngsters who wanted to do their bit to help save the planet.

“We had lots of entries and were really impressed with the standard of the posters they produced. Although the waste treatment facility at Manvers diverts 97% of household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham from landfill, composting at home gets more use out of garden waste, saves space in bins and money on fertilisers for the garden.”

There were prizes for adults too. A social media competition for residents of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham offered participants the chance to win their own compost bin. Three winners were chosen, one from each town.

The award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers processes around a quarter of a million tonnes of leftover waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, turning it into useful products rather than sending it to landfill.