LEIGH students are leading the rest of the country through a recycling revolution.
Nearly a third of the borough’s schools have been awarded Green Flag status, the largest amount in the country.
And more than 90 per cent of local schools have now registered on the Eco School programme, the second highest percentage nationally.
Cabinet champion for young people, Coun Susan Loudon, said: “This is a remarkable achievement. For Wigan Borough to have the most green flags, for us to be representing the north west at Britain in Bloom and, in just a few years, to have moved from no kerbside recycling to a full range of services is testament to the real positive mood of eco-awareness we have right now.
“Let’s make this the year that we push for all our schools to get started on the programme because what’s great about the children is how enthusiastic they are to share their eco skills at school and at home and help create a really green future for us all.”
Wigan Council environmental education officers, helped by recycling mascot Waste Warrior, have been visiting schools teaching children about the eco message.
To qualify for the Eco School programme participants have to satisfy judges across issues involving waste, litter, energy, water and biodiversity.