Yorkshire school children have a new multi-use games area (MUGA) manufactured from recycled bottle tops and crushed soles of Nike trainers. Old Earth School in Elland now has a 100% recycled playground and has twice been voted the Greenest School in Calderdale.
Halifax-based Iplas made the fencing from recycled bottle tops provided by the school.
Paul Harris, sales and marketing director at Iplas said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to be involved with this project. We have strong links with the school who have given us thousands of kilos of their bottle tops for recycling, which we’ve used in the past to make benches and tables for the school yard.
“We’ve used its recent donation of 312kg to help manufacture the fencing for the project, so it is great that we get to show the pupils how every day materials can be re-used.”
The 420-pupil strong school has varied eco policies and makes sure that these inspire the children, two of whom visited Iplas.
Head teacher Paul Reynolds said: “We’re really delighted with the new MUGA. The school is strongly committed to the environment, so it’s great that we’ve been able to involve the school’s ‘eco warrior’ pupils in the design process.”
The school grows its own vegetables, has a wind turbine and a biomass boiler and a greenhouse made of recycled bottles, making its recycled playground just the latest scheme.
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