Award for school saving batteries from tip

WINNERS: Ryan Martell, 10 and Isabella Bajelany, 10, with the iPad prize for Middleforth Primary

WINNERS: Ryan Martell, 10 and Isabella Bajelany, 10, with the iPad prize for Middleforth Primary

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When it comes to helping save the planet Lancashire’s schoolchildren are racing ahead.

For between them, pupils from more than 400 schools have saved over 500,000 used batteries from being dumped into landfill sites this year.

Thousands of eco-friendly youngsters, teachers and parents took part in this year’s Tune into Battery Recycling competition, encouraging children to take household batteries into school for recycling instead of throwing them away.

The event was organised by Lancashire County Council in partnership with Valpak Ltd, who sponsor the contest, and attracted interest from 442 schools.

The top three primary schools in each district, and high school collecting the most were rewarded with prizes.

The winners got to choose from an iPad (two for high schools) or a £400 voucher for school supplies.

Pupils at Middleforth CE Primary in Penwortham, who won the South Ribble section, are no strangers to recycling.

The Hill Road South premises is a drop-off point for battery, paper and clothing for recycling.

Throughout the year the school collects stamps and composts food and garden wste.

Winners in each section were: Preston – Goosnargh Whitechapel; Ribble Valley – St Mary’s Chipping; Chorley – Eccleston Primary: South Ribble – Middleforth CE Primary; West Lancs – Banks Methodist Primary; Wyre – Bilsborrow John Cross CE; Lancaster – Thurnham Glasson CE.

The winning high school was West Lancashire Community High School in Skelmersdale with Sir Tom Finney High School in Preston second and Garstang Community Academy in Wyre third.