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Gold for Godstone Village School

An Olympics inspired compost bin has won Godstone Village School the top prize in a painting competition.

As part of Surrey County Council’s home composting campaign, the events team held composting days at several primary and junior schools in Surrey. Each school was given three compost bins and a set of painting materials to give their bins a makeover, and be in with a chance of winning gardening vouchers.

Chris Freeman, class teacher and eco Coordinator said: “The children had such a fun day learning about composting and are already putting what they learnt into practice. The school’s gardening club came up with the winning design of an Olympic-inspired bin.”

Nine schools took part in the Compost Bin Painting Competition, one of the activities organised by the council’s home composting team.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said: “We wanted the children to be inventive with their entries whilst helping them to understand why home composting is good for the environment and our gardens.”

Composting at school is a fun way to learn about nature while also helping to reduce the amount of compostable waste that needs to be collected from schools.

Ellie, a pupil in year five said: “I learnt that composting stops food waste such as fruit peelings from going into landfill which helps the environment.”

Green-fingered residents who are clearing up the garden this autumn can get discounted compost bins from the council.

To find out more about how to get composting or buy a reduced-price bin, starting from only £15.00 including delivery, visit or call 0844 571 4444.

Notes for editors

Out of a total 516,000 tonnes of household waste currently produced in Surrey each year, it’s estimated that around a third could be composted which would save the county an estimated £11 million in green waste disposal costs each year.

More than 13,500 subsidised bins have been bought through Surrey County Council over the past three and a half years.

Media requiring more information should contact Felicity Stanbridge in Surrey County Council’s communications team on 0208 541 8751 or


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