Can you beat green efforts?

Litter pick at Birk Hill Infants and Nursery school in Eckington, after a recycling assembly by Derbyshire County Council.''Pictured L-R Ewan Beresford (6), Loushanna Mallender (6), Maisie Parsons (6) and Jake Tindale (5)

Litter pick at Birk Hill Infants and Nursery school in Eckington, after a recycling assembly by Derbyshire County Council.''Pictured L-R Ewan Beresford (6), Loushanna Mallender (6), Maisie Parsons (6) and Jake Tindale (5)

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THESE beaming youngsters are already picking up recycling habits with the rubbish.

Pupils at Birk Hill Infant and Nursery School, in Eckington, collected the litter after a special assembly about the environment by Derbyshire County Council.

Their work ties in with our search to find the county’s green king or queen so we can award them themed prizes.

“Well done to staff and children at Birkhill for making a difference,” said Cllr John Allsop, cabinet member for technology and recycling.

“Some of what they collected was recyclable and they learned inspiring facts, like one recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for three hours.”

Readers can nominate someone – whether they recycle everything or turn trash into treasures – to receive the Derbyshire Times’ crown.

Prizes include a chosen set of four recycled glasses, an energy efficient kettle and battery charger with rechargeable batteries plus a goodie bag on how to cut food waste.

Belper 16-year-old Daniel Freeman was praised by mum Linda for going the extra recycling mile.

“Even if he’s been out to see friends and had a drink he’ll always bring the bottle home to rinse, crush and recycle it with the rest.”

The Freemans have recycled for a decade. As well as the usual, they compost, give their animals food clippings and collect things like plastic bottles.

Linda said: “Day to day all we do is wash things, squash them and collect them by the back door. It’s easy to do as part of your life but I think there could be a few more facilities to drop it off.”

To nominate, email ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk or call (01246) 504578.

Alternatively write to us at 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD. Nominators will also go into a prize draw to win a battery charger and rechargeable batteries.

ellen.beardmore

@derbyshiretimes.co.uk