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Abitibi helps children to be sustainable managers

The Abitibi Paper Retriever Programme is playing a key role in educating children with moderate learning difficulties and physical handicaps about the benefits of environmental stewardship.

While the initiative seeks to reward young children for the paper they recycle, it is helping pupils from Ysgol y Gogarth special needs school in Conwy, north Wales as they take part in a European schools recycling scheme.

The three year project which also involves schools in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Turkey is entitled ‘Beauty and the Waste’ and aims to educate the pupils on sustainable management.

Ysgol y Gorath head of care Tim Moffatt said: “Ysgol y Gorath is a national and international leader in environmental awareness, responsibility and education. Any chain is only as strong as its links. In our recycling chain, the key link is paper recycling.

“Through its sensitive, imaginative and child-friendly approach, Abitibi Paper Retriever has enabled our pupils to not only make a difference in recycling but to enjoy it.”

The programme will involve learning about the recycling process, adopting a piece of land to nurture and looking at how sustainable management can enhance the community and contribute to tourism, community wealth, community spirit and good citizenship.

Abitibi-consolidated recycling Europe managing director Ron Humphreys said: “It meets all our programme criteria of community involvement and epitomises all that’s good about sustainability.

“The children are being educated into the wider aspects of environmental stewardship, while the school is being rewarded financially with funds that will help sustain the programme.”

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