Primary schools lead the way in the importance of recycling

By Mary Dennehy

PRIMARY school students from across local communities are leading by example and creatively promoting the importance of recycling this Christmas.

More than 100 national school students recently took part in South Dublin County Council’s Christmas Decoration Recycling Competition, showcasing the beauty and usefulness of items that are destined for the rubbish bin.

Students recylcing Christmas 2016 22 December 2016

Speaking at a special prize giving in County Hall, Mayor Guss O’Connell said: “The high quality and standard of entries for the competition this year is amazing, there are well over 100 entries and each one of them is unique.

“Each entrant has given their own interpretation of Christmas through the creative process when making their decoration.

“The magnificent display here in County Hall is bringing Christmas spirit and cheer to everyone who sees it, as well as helping the environment.”

Orla Scannel, the council’s arts officer, said: “The judging gets more difficult each year with so many entries that have lovely shapes and forms, from small scale to large and all beautifully finished.”

She added: “The aspects taken into consideration when judging are a combination of the artistic representation, the variety of materials reused, the re-imagination of what those materials could be and the finished form.”

Members of the community have been encouraged to think green this festive season and to reduce, reuse and recycle.

For tips on food recycling, food waste prevention and how to reuse items, including how to wrap your gifts in a new, different and environmentally friendly way, visit www.sdcc.ie 

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