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Wilmslow schoolgirl’s letter inspires litter competition

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A Wilmslow schoolgirl’s passion for the environment has resulted in the creation of a competition for her school – with a winning poster entry set to be displayed at her local park.

Ten-year-old Alice Lucarini, from Lindow Community Primary School, was so upset to see that litter is having such a devastating impact on marine life that she wrote to Ansa Environmental Services, which delivers waste services on behalf of Cheshire East Council. 

Alice has been heavily involved with Ansa’s junior recycling officer (JRO) programme and has also been very active in promoting recycling in her school.

As part of ‘Waste Week’ in March, Alice and many other local children were invited to visit Cheshire East’s environmental hub in Middlewich.

They took part in a number of recycling-based activities and listened to talks delivered by the Ansa waste minimisation team. 

To acknowledge Alice’s passion for reducing litter – and working with the council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Don Stockton – the idea for a litter reduction competition emerged.

Alice has now launched the competition in her school, and pupils are being invited to create a poster to remind people not to drop litter at The Carrs park in Wilmslow.

Alice and the waste education officer will judge the best design, which will then be displayed in the park in time for the summer holidays.

Cllr Stockton said: “To see such concern for the environment in a child so young is really inspiring.

“The JRO programme is a wonderful way for children not only to learn about recycling but also to actively take part in doing something about it.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of this competition inspired by Alice.”

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