Stow Primary School has run a recycling facility for their community for several years, but due to the lockdown in March 2020 and further COVID restrictions when the school reopened in August 2020 the recycling facility could not remain inside the school building. Closing the facility was not an option in the eyes of the pupils, who encouraged the community to store items for recycling in their homes until their new community recycling shed was ready.
The P4/5 class painted an appealing and striking design for the building, which also gave directions to the recycling shed. The P6 Zero Waste Champions organised for a parent to put a roof on the structure so that it was watertight, while Stow Community Council funded new bins to hold the increased volume of items being recycled.
The relaunched recycling centre is now fully functional and is very well used, not only by the local community but also by schools, businesses and individuals from further afield. It's also lockdown-proofed for the future!