Newark-based UKWSL has been showing their ‘love’ for the surrounding community in its ever-expanding partnership with Lovers’ Lane Church of England Primary School. The leading waste and recycling broker was originally partnered with the local school as part of ‘Together for Newark’, an initiative designed to raise aspiration among the young people in the area and retain talent in the city of Newark.
This partnership initially saw the formation of an Eco Committee at the school with a designated representative from UKWSL. As per the Together for Newark framework, this representative was known as a ‘business ambassador’ whose mission was to create opportunities within Lovers’ Lane School. This Committee worked together successfully to get the primary school its ‘green’ credentials via the Eco-Schools Programme. Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries and aims to empower children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness.
Then, last summer, 25 Y6 pupils were loaned £5 each by UKWSL to start their own business. Ideas ranged from food stalls to hand car washes and make-up booths and collectively, the pupils turned £125 into £465. The original loan was then repaid to UKWSL and the £340 profit went towards an end-of-year prom and other key resources for the school. The latest venture sees the partnership join forces with the local Rotary Club and together they plan to build an EcoBottle Greenhouse, part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening.
UKWSL has also been touring local Newark schools, both primary and secondary with their, ‘Do you know your waste?’, roadshow. This is a talk and demonstration designed in-house and aimed at encouraging pupils and staff to think more carefully how and where they dispose of waste, whether on school or home.
Max Kanda, Managing Director of UKWSL, comments:
“We have been hugely impressed by the environmental awareness demonstrated by the children at Lover’s Lane and their enthusiasm to forge a greener future. Our staff have enjoyed working with the wider Newark community and recognise the importance of nurturing young talent in the area.”