Minard Primary School scoops top award

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1 Nov 2016 - 14:31

A rural primary school in Argyll and Bute has fought off stiff competition from across Scotland to win a national competition for its innovative ways of making waste go for further.

Instead of using traditional recycling methods for disposing of waste paper, pupils at Minard Primary School have been turning it into recycled paper briquettes which can then be used in the community as fuel.

As a result of this ingenious idea, the school has been crowned the well-deserved winner of the Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) School Challenge Competition.

Pupils have been invited to attend the CRNS Annual Conference in Perth on Thursday (3rd November) where they will give a short talk about their project before being presented with £500 prize money.

Head Teacher Robyn McIlroy said: "We are all over the moon - it really is a wonderful achievement. This project has been a real team effort with Mrs Goodwin, our Principal Teacher, taking the lead and all the pupils having an important part to play.

"Minard Primary School is very much at the heart of the local community and it's therefore very rewarding to be able to give something back."

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead, Councillor Rory Colville said: “Well done to everyone at Minard Primary. Not only does the project result in less waste at school, it also makes pupils and teachers think differently about waste and resources, and how to reduce costs to the local community. 

" This is an extremely inventive and creative way of recycling and everyone involved must be congratulated.”