Merton pupils go green for a week

Environmentally aware Merton schoolchildren will be taking part in a special eco-week to raise awareness of how everyone can help save the planet.

Pupils at Cranmer Primary School, in Cranmer Road, Mitcham, will be joining in a series of recycling and composting events during the week, which runs from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July. The fun five days will culminate in a litter free picnic and a fashion show of clothes made completely out of recycled materials. The winning costume will receive a prize.

The children already work hard to try and minimise their waste by recycling all their paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and cartons as well as composting their fruit and vegetable waste.

Headteacher Irene Leeves said: “The children are all looking forward to the activities taking place during eco-week. They are already very eco-aware and know about the importance of looking after the environment. They work very hard to make sure they throw as little rubbish away as possible without first thinking about whether something can be recycled.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “It is vital our young people learn about environmental issues and I am delighted that pupils at Cranmer are taking such an active interest in recycling and composting.

“We are committed to ensuring Merton remains one of the greenest boroughs in London, by increasing our recycling levels and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. The impressive work of the children at Cranmer will certainly help us achieve these goals.”