Waste not, want not in Maybole

GREEN GIANTS: (L-R) Abi, 7, Quinn, 7, and Aiden, 6, proudly display their class's sorted lunchtime rubbish under the watchful eye of Zero Waste workshop leader Anne Blacklock (centre left) and (L-R) volunteers Tessa Findlay, Ainsley McLarty, and Danny McIntyre.

GREEN GIANTS: (L-R) Abi, 7, Quinn, 7, and Aiden, 6, proudly display their class's sorted lunchtime rubbish under the watchful eye of Zero Waste workshop leader Anne Blacklock (centre left) and (L-R) volunteers Tessa Findlay, Ainsley McLarty, and Danny McIntyre.

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WE DON’T want waste. That was the message at St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Maybole last week as pupils got clued up on reducing rubbish.

Children at the Kirkland Street school received a workshop from Zero Waste Scotland representatives on Thursday, in which they learned all about how to reduce the waste generated from their lunchtime snack.

The St Cuthbert’s kids noted down their lunchbox fillers and any packaging in which their midday meal choices were encased, before weighing and sorting their cast-off cartons, wrappers and packets for recycling.

The children and staff were surprised by how much waste the small school had generated over just two lunchtimes, and had hopes of turning Thursday’s workshop into a more regular session led by pupils on the school’s Eco Committee.

Workshop leader Anne Blacklock said: “It’s great to see how much the children care about the environment and the actions they are taking in school to minimise waste and save energy. These are the responsible citizens of the future!”