Viridor – Scotland’s leading recycling and renewable energy company - are sponsoring the East Lothian Schools Eco Challenge competition.

To celebrate over 1 million hours of RIDDOR-free accident reporting at their new Energy from Waste facility near Dunbar, Viridor – Scotland’s leading recycling and renewable energy company - are sponsoring the East Lothian Schools Eco Challenge competition. 

Young people at each of East Lothian’s six secondary schools have been challenged to win £500 for their school by designing a project that will improve upon the county’s sustainability and recycling rates. Viridor will grant £250 to each school to cover their project costs with the winning school receiving a trophy and a further £500 to spend on Environmental and Educational improvements within their school. The winning team will also be invited to the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards ceremony in Haddington in September.

The Eco Challenge competition challenges each school to design a project specifically related to Sustainability and Environmental improvement within East Lothian, and which aims to improve on any or all of the three Rs:  Reducing, Reusing, or Recycling waste.  

Tom Reid, Waste Services Manager at East Lothian Council, said:

“This competition invites young people from our schools to really think about environmental issues and how we can create a greener, more sustainable East Lothian. We want to hear their ideas about how we can encourage people to make small lifestyle changes in order to reduce the amount of waste that we generate, or to increase our reuse and recycling rates, or even how to use waste in different ways that effect a positive change in the community.”

We hope to adopt and implement the winning project and so the feasibility, cost, sustainability and deliverability of their project ideas are all really important. Tom Reid, Waste Services Manager at East Lothian Council

Teams of no more than six pupils will compete against each other to represent their school at the final in June. The final will require the team to present their idea, product or process to a judging panel and demonstrate that their solution has considered feasibility, sustainability and can be delivered.

Viridor Local Authority Contracts Manager, Hugh Booth, said:

“We were keen to celebrate more than one million accident-free hours at Viridor’s Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility and the East Lothian Schools Challenge seemed a fantastic way to mark this milestone and increase awareness.

“At Viridor we want everyone to see waste as we do, as a resource and not rubbish, and this competition is an excellent way of getting that message across. We are pleased and proud to support a competition in which school pupils can get creative about sustainability and environmental opportunities in our local area and we cannot wait to see the teams’ ideas.”

Provost John McMillan said:

2018 is the Year of Young People, and alongside our ‘If I Were Provost’ competition, this is another great opportunity for young people to get creative and share their ideas with us on how to improve life in East Lothian. We’re all looking forward to seeing what the teams come up with and more importantly, how our waste services team can take these on board and ensure that we keep East Lothian beautiful – now, and in the future.”

Published: Monday, 16th April 2018