In line with Mid Ulster District Council’s current food waste campaign, the topic of this year’s EcoSpeak schools environmental public speaking competition was ‘The Fight Against Food Waste’.
The competition, which was organised by the Council, took place this week at the Burnavon Cookstown and P7 students from 21 schools across Mid Ulster took part.
Issues raised by the pupils included the moral and environmental implications of food waste, as well as lots of great ideas and tips on how to cut down your food waste and dispose of it responsibly, providing those in attendance with much food-for-thought.
In their speeches many students referred to the recent actions of the Council campaign in helping the fight against food waste- namely the issuing of free recycling packs to every home in the district.
Presentations were delivered by pupils over two heats judged by a number of Councillors from the Environment Committee and staff from Mid Ulster District Council, as well as representatives from Henry Brothers Ltd, and a representative from Natural World Products Ltd who sponsored the event.
Two finalists were selected from each heat. The four finalists were: Dervla Boyle, St. Mary’s PS Augnacloy; Fiachra Murray, St. Malachy’s PS Glencull; Kristin Fenton, Bush PS; and Sarah Fulton, Moneymore PS.
The overall winner of the competition was Kristin Fenton who received a trophy and all four finalists received a £30 voucher.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson attended the event and presented participants with certificates and a ‘green’ goody bag. He said, “The Council has made it a priority to tackle the issue of food waste and the topic of today’s event is just another example of the work it is doing to help shine a light on the topic. This has included providing every household in the district with a free recycling pack, introducing new brown bin messaging on our council vehicles and offering residents free compost made from our food waste.
“Getting our young people to research and champion the recycling message so early will hopefully help instil in them the importance of proper food waste recycling in brown bins and the benefits this will have, not only financially but more importantly for the environment.”
Chair of the Environment Committee, Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, was really impressed with what he saw at the event.
“I would like to congratulate all the pupils who took part in today’s EcoSpeak environmental public speaking competition. This was the second time the competition has taken place under the new Mid Ulster District Council and it has certainly raised the bar very high for subsequent years. The standard of all presentations was excellent and we had a very difficult job selecting our four finalists and overall winner.”
Councillor Cuthbertson concluded, “Today’s event dealt with and explored a key issue that affects us all every day. Therefore I definitely see the worth in such a competition and am glad it has become an annual event for the Council.”
For more information contact Environmental Services at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.