Taunton pupils' food challenge
By NickCaterSWP | Friday, October 18, 2013, 13:16
Taunton primary pupils have got just few days left to prove their
Hungry bugs make power from all food waste
powers of persuasion in a free competition inspired by a bunch of "burping
bacteria" turning food waste into clean, green power.
Friday 25 October is the deadline for primary school pupils
to submit a poster design that will encourage the recycling of food waste to
generate clean, green energy.
As well as green prizes, the competition's best posters will
win a place in a publicity campaign by Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) to help
families raise their food waste recycling rates.
With most families recycling food waste and Somerset's new Anaerobic
Digestion (AD) facility going into full operation, the priority is to
ensure no food ends up in costly and polluting landfill.
The competition is part of a colourful new
educational pack helping children become experts on the "burping
bacteria" that will soon be turning their waste food into clean, green
All primary schools were sent the pack about the science at
the heart of the £10 million AD facility built by recycling company Viridor
Part of the pack was produced by the duo behind the
worldwide bestselling Horrible Science book series, writer Nick Arnold and
artist Tony De Saulles.
Commissioned by SWP, the pack has been created by the green
education charity, the Carymoor Environmental Trust, based near Castle Cary.
Somerset council tax payers face a landfill bill this year
of more than £11 million, including around £3.25 million due to food waste,
which decays in landfill, releasing the powerful greenhouse gas methane.
Any resident needing a new or replacement food waste
container so they can recycle their food into clean, green power should order it
online or call their
district council customer services.
Somerset Waste Partnership manages waste and recycling
services on behalf of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset
and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset