School puzzlers promote recycling.

FIVE local schools have put together the pieces on a jigsaw art project to promote recycling.

Youngsters from Park Community School, Yeo Valley Primary, Holywell Cof E Primary, Ilfracombe Junior and Southmead Primary decorated the wooden pieces now on display in the main foyer of North Devon Council's Brynsworthy Environment Centre.

Year 9 Park pupil Taya Lambden said: "I enjoyed the workshop. My favourite part was looking at different parts of the flower and creating them out of different materials, which have already had a life before."

Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: "As well as helping to teach them about recycling and art, this fun project will also help to raise awareness among our visitors who will see the artwork displayed at Brynsworthy."

The council hopes schools and other community groups will visit the centre to learn more about household recycling and see the work that goes on at the site.

Head of works, recycling and operations, Ricky McCormack, said: "On average, 700 to 800 tonnes of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal are brought into the centre each month.

"To help raise awareness of the importance of recycling, we have an education room and viewing platform to allow schools and other interested parties to see the recycling plant in action in total safety.

"So, if any groups are interested in a tour, I would encourage them to contact us."

To arrange a visit call 01271 374776 or email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk.