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The scheme focused on collecting waste. Children were asked to bring rubbish from home to school in bags, and to sort it into waste that could be used for compost and waste that could be recycled. The children also made dustbins to put around the town and began a poster campaign to encourage everyone to get involved.

Soon the town council picked up on the idea and began using a truck to collect waste direct from people's houses.

But the children's work was far from finished: they carried on working as the recyclers and compost-makers. Their ideas were ingenious - they made globes from melons, brooms from palm leaves, toys from plastic and cardboard, masks from card, and musical instruments from tins, wood and seeds. Design and technology became very popular! They also made compost heaps from organic waste and used the compost to grow fruit and vegetables for school meals and to sell in the local community.

Schools had more resources, and the community was a cleaner, better place to live.

The verdict of the rubbish co-ordinator

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