Eco-Santa swapped red for green

Dubmire Primary pupils Priya Gill and Jared Warby with Green Santa and Sue McClellan from Waste Aware North East.
Dubmire Primary pupils Priya Gill and Jared Warby with Green Santa and Sue McClellan from Waste Aware North East.
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SANTA ditched the traditional red for a more green approach to Christmas.

Children at Dubmire Primary School in Fencehouses were delighted when they got a visit from Father Christmas wearing his green outfit for a change.

The visit was a reward for the school’s participation in Waste Aware North East’s Recycling Rewards Scheme, which is funded by DEFRA and aims to increase recycling in the local community.

A campaign was recently launched by Waste Aware North East to engage both teachers and pupils in recycling, with the overall aim to get their families involved in the recycling rewards scheme.

As Dubmire Primary School was one of the first to sign up to support the scheme, pupils were in for a treat.

Santa gave out cartons of juice to the pupils, who were encouraged to recycle their finished carton at home, as well as give campaign stickers and information on the scheme to parents.

Sue McClellan from Waste Aware North East gave a talk on the benefits of recycling carton packs, aerosols and glass jars, with the children showing great interest and asking lots of questions.

Waste Aware North East plans to run the schools campaign until June 2013 and is hoping as many schools as possible sign up to help increase recycling rates in the community, as well as educate future generations on the importance of recycling and its impact on the environment.

Sue said: “We’re hoping to engage with as many schools across the Sunderland area as we can and to encourage them to support the scheme, which will help to filter the message back to parents.

“The enthusiasm from Dubmire Primary’s pupils has been overwhelming. They’ve taken such an interest, asking lots of relevant questions and are excited to be part of it all.”

Joan Hobbs, headteacher at the Britannia Terrace school, said: “This has been such a positive experience for the children, many of whom couldn’t wait to get home to tell their parents and pass on their used carton pack for recycling.”

Any school who signs up to support the campaign could win a £500 value prize, courtesy of carton manufacturers, SIG Combibloc, which is supporting the scheme. Further details can be found at

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