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Springwood High School in King’s Lynn takes part in eco battery challenge

Students at a West Norfolk high school have come top of the league for recycling batteries.

Lynn’s Springwood High School rallied its eco-conscious youngsters to take part in the Big Battery Hunt, a National School Partnership campaign that saw thousands of schools in the UK collect more than 23million batteries to recycle.

Springwood students collected a grand total of 3,739 used batteries.

Springwood eco battery challenge
Springwood eco battery challenge

“It has been a staggering effort, by both staff and pupils,” said Agnieszka Munns, who is environmental lead at the school and organised its campaign.

“Every year, an average of 600million batteries are thrown away in the UK, and each battery can take up to 100 years to decompose. Every used battery collected and recycled has been saved from going into landfill.”

Students went to great efforts on their hunt, with Lois Burrell in Year 9 topping the Springwood leaderboard having single-handedly collected over 1,150 batteries.

Lois Burrell collected the most batteries
Lois Burrell collected the most batteries

She and the two other top collectors received Eco Certificates and Eco Warrior pin badges at the school’s annual awards ceremony, which was held at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn.

“We have some impressive, eco-conscious young people at Springwood High School, who are aware of the human impact on the environment and are eager to take part in any green challenges,” Mrs Munns added.

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