Okehampton teaching assistant is declared a recycling hero

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By TheGreenMan | Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 16:02

AN OKEHAMPTON teaching assistant has been declared a recycling hero. Fran Rickwood – who works at Okehampton Primary School – was praised for her "tireless" efforts to recycle. She was one of a number of the county's "super recyclers", recently acknowledged by Recycle Devon. Other winners included two schoolchildren from Holsworthy…

This was the first year of the Recycle Devon Thank You awards, marking the tenth anniversary of the Don't Let Devon go to waste campaign, introduced by the Devon Authorities Recycling Partnership.

At the awards ceremony, held at Devon County Council's County Hall in Exeter on 31 January, Fran Rickwood won the School Recycling Hero (Adult) category. Recycle Devon described Fran as working "tirelessly for Okehampton Primary School – often in her own time – obtaining grants or working on recycling projects. She encourages both pupils and staff to recycle everything. She was the driving force behind the school achieving a Green Flag award and has set up facilities for the children to grow vegetables for use in the School".

Fran was presented with her prize by Councillor Mike Walters (Chairman of the Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee), Devon County Councilor Roger Croad, along with Matt Rogers and Caroline Cook from the Heart Radio breakfast show.

Joint winners

Two schoolchildren from the Holsworthy area jointly won the School Recyling Hero (Child) award.

Kieran Fellows of Clawton Primary School, was described as an eight-year-old "with a real passion for recycling. He implemented a composting system at his school, facilitates all kinds of recycling – from paper to printer cartridges – and even helped to build the school's recycling centre. Kieran also re-uses old materials to make new things, such as milk-bottle bird feeders and old shoe flower pots."

Meanwhile Eloise Warren from Holsworthy Primary School was praised for taking "a full and active role in all the school's recycling policies". In the past year Eloise has taken on the role of chief composter, "which involves taking responsibility for collections from the bins around school and imparting knowledge and understanding to smaller children."

Other winners

Other Recycle Devon Thank You award winners included Alan Keen (an organic garden and kitchen waste collector in Torridge), Eboney Forward (street cleanser, Umberleigh), the site staff at Plymouth's Weston Mill Recycling Centre and John Parker and the Hele Composting Group.

Karen Berger of Honiton won the Your Recycling Hero award. She was also declared Overall Recycling Hero for Devon.

All category winners were awarded recycled glass trophies, while the overall winner was given a special trophy.

"The Recycle Devon Thank You awards were created to recognise the unsung recycling heroes across the county," said Councillor Mike Walters.

"We wanted to say a special thank you for everything that they do to ensure that Devon does not go to waste. You have not let us down and we have been amazed at the enthusiasm and unselfish efforts, usually on a voluntary basis, that you all go to reduce, reuse and recycle. On behalf of the Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee and personally, I would like to say thank you to you all. You are all winners!"



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