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Little eco-warriors at Greengables Day Nursery (Owlsmoor) in the heart of Sandhurst have taken recycling to new heights by turning over two tonnes of their nappy waste into saleable products.
Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee joined the pre-schoolers for an Environment day at the nursery in Yeovil Road, Owlsmoor, on Friday to celebrate the recycling milestone where over 10,000 disposable nappies have been turned into roofing and cladding tiles, paper and cardboard and green energy at a revolutionary new recycling plant in Birmingham.
As Greengables Manager, Neil Brett, explained the nappy recycling process – where the waste is collected by the Green Bottoms company and transported to Birmingham’s Knowaste plant – is just one of many environmentally friendly initiatives at the nursery where even the energy used to power the building is … green.
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to the children in our care. We want the very best for each and every one of them and that includes being able to enjoy a countryside free of landfill and the resulting poisonous gases,” he said.
Congratulating Greengables on their environmental programmes at the nursery, Dr Lee said: “This is a fantastically innovative and exemplary company that aspires to excellence in every area of its business including the disposal of its nappy waste. I hope that this practice will inspire other companies locally to become environmentally innovative.”
He joined children for a special game – created by Manager Neil Brett - at the interactive Smart Board and applauded two-year-old Amelia Cartwright as she expertly segregated glass, cans and paper in to the appropriate recycling bins.
Outside in the woodland area of the garden, Dr. Lee helped children prepare new growing beds which will provide valuable lessons in maths and science during the planting, tending and harvesting of herbs and vegetables.
Dr Lee, who is a member of the Government Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, is hoping to return later in the year for a special meal prepared from the harvested vegetables.
Greengables, which opened in March 2011, boasts solar roof panels - which substantially contribute towards the building’s overall energy requirements – an energy saving under-floor heating system; state of the art insulation and is powered by Green Energy with electricity produced from renewable sources like the wind, sun and sea.
Large windows in the bright and airy rooms ensure that it is, mostly, the sun that illuminates the children at work and play in the imaginative age-appropriate playrooms which all have free-flow access to the garden which features all-weather decking, rubber flooring and a woodland area.