Students at waste summit

PUBLISHED: 09:17 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 18 March 2013

Residents could be provided with extra incentives to recycle.

Residents could be provided with extra incentives to recycle.

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Students from Exmouth Community College were amongst 80 pupils from across Devon to attend attending a conference on rubbish last Thursday.

The annual waste summit at County Hall today is a popular, thought-provoking and free event that enables students to explore the waste, recycling and related sustainability issues affecting the county.

Students from nine schools and colleges took part in group activities which tested and challenged their knowledge of how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

Last year in Devon, over 196,000 tonnes of material was recycled rather than being sent to landfill.

The waste summit encourages students to think about how they can act differently to help Devon improve its recycling rate, which currently stands at 55.2 per cent – one of the highest in England.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “People in Devon deserve a great deal of credit for helping Devon to achieve one of the highest recycling rates in the country.

“They have embraced recycling to take us from two per cent of waste being recycled 20 years ago to over 55 per cent now.

“Of course, there’s always more that could be done, and the summit aims to get pupils to think about waste issues such as reducing packaging on modern consumer goods.”

Pupils and teachers were also invited to bring a “waste free” packed lunch, which used as little packaging as possible or demonstrates the most innovative way of feeding a group.

Cllr Croad added: “Since the first waste summit in 2004, over 550 pupils have attended this event and it always receives positive feedback, which shows that it consistently challenges and enthuses pupils on how they can make a difference.”

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