Pupils at Trinity School are taking part in the RBS International Recycled Art Competition this week as part of Jersey Environmental Week.

John Rive, Head of Waste Prevention and Recycling, Transport and Technical Services joined Andy Morton, Senior Bank Manager, RBS International, at Trinity School on Friday 5th June to deliver a special recycling focused assembly to the children to mark the launch of a kerbside recycling scheme in the parish which has been sponsored by RBS International. The Trinity kerbside recycling scheme, which is the third in Jersey to be supported by the Bank, celebrated a successful first collection last week.

The assembly, which focused on the importance of recycling materials such as paper, cans and plastic bottles also launched the RBS International Recycled Art Competition, which is taking place throughout this week, Jersey Environmental Week (8th-12th June). The competition will see classes of children at Trinity School, aged between 4 and 11, create montages using recyclable materials. The winning class at the end of the week will be presented with an environmentally friendly themed prize donated by RBS International.

Andy Morton, RBS International, commented: ‘I am delighted that we have this opportunity to engage these youngsters in the benefits of recycling at such a young age. It is important that they appreciate the importance of the issue and will hopefully tell their families what they have learnt, and encourage them to use the new kerbside recycling facilities in the parish. We wanted to introduce the art competition to show the pupils that recycling can be fun. I am really looking forward to seeing the montages.’

John Rive, Head of Waste Prevention and Recycling, Transport and Technical Services  added: ‘The Trinity kerbside recycling scheme is the fourth of its kind in Jersey and the third to be supported by RBS International. The first collection last week was a great success with many parishioners taking part. The success of such schemes depend heavily on educating residents as to the importance of us each doing our little bit towards increasing the island’s recycling rate. We felt Jersey Environmental Week also presented us with a great opportunity to talk to the youngsters of the parish about this in a fun way.’

John Gallichan, Connetable of Trinity, added: ‘We are delighted to be offering our parishioners the chance to reduce their carbon footprint as members of our island wide community.  I’d like to thank them for their support with the scheme and hope we as a parish can boast some excellent recycling rates in the months to follow.’

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Issued by Laurel Garfield, Image PR, 01481 723456 or email laurel.garfield@imageci.com on behalf of Lisa Gutcher.

Notes to editors
Media opportunity – There will be opportunities to film/interview the children throughout the week (8th-12th June) while they are undertaking their project and another opportunity when the winning class receives their prize. If you would like to visit the school to do so, please contact Laurel Garfield as above to organize a suitable time and date. The winning class will be presented with their prize w/c 22nd June.

About Jersey Environmental Week
For the fourth consecutive year, the Departments for Environment, Transport and Technical Services and Education, Sport and Culture, in partnership with the Jersey Ecology Fund, are supporting Jersey Environmental Week with a view to further promoting the importance of environmental education within schools and the Island as a whole. A central feature of this initiative is to celebrate Jersey as a unique and beautiful Island, whilst developing a greater understanding of the need for sustainable development, conservation and protection.

At a time when negative environmental issues often dominate the headlines, this initiative aims to focus on how the community, can look after the environment both in the short and longer term. It is important that as many young people as possible take part as they will be the future guardians of this Island.

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBS International). Registered Office: P.O. Box 64, Royal Bank House, 71 Bath Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8PJ. Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission for carrying on deposit-taking business under the Banking Business (Jersey) Law 1991 and for carrying on investment and insurance business under the Financial Services (Jersey) Law 1998.