Eco-Challenge schools initiative in national awards

Teams from Dunbar Grammar School and Knox Academy in Haddington who were winners in the East Lothian Schools Eco Challenge competition are also finalists in the Scottish Resources Awards 2018 in the Best Partnership Initiative Award.

The East Lothian Schools Eco Challenge competition was sponsored by Viridor to celebrate more than one million accident-free hours at the company’s Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility. The test challenged East Lothian secondary schools 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

The schools presented projects to improve the county’s sustainability and recycling rates teams with ideas ranging from enhanced recycling facilities within schools to easily obtainable zero-waste recipes which cut out the need for packaging. 

Provost John McMillan said: “We were impressed and excited by the quality of the proposals for the Eco Challenge competition – the teams had clearly done their research. It also provided a great opportunity for the council to consider how we can take action and work together with schools and Viridor on these ideas and suggestions. It’s a tremendous achievement that they are now finalists in the Scottish Resources Awards and I wish them well.”

The Scottish Resources Awards recognise initiatives from private, public and third sector organisations that help support a waste free Scotland. The awards ceremony will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 4 October.

Published: Thursday, 13th September 2018