Today 160 boys and girls competed with spikes, kill blocks and sets on the Tyrefield volleyball court made with recycled rubber from ELTs donated by Ecopneus to the Linguistic High School “E.Berard” of the city of Aosta as an award for the 2016/2017 Educational Project “For the correct recycling of End-of-Life Tyres”.

The initiative was organised by the High School “E. Berard” to welcome the new students of the first year, showing them the result of the Ecopneus-Legambiente Educational project the school participated in during the year 2016/2017.

The Ecopneus-Legambiente Educational project

The educational project is already at its eighth edition and has already involved over 45,000 students all over Italy. About 10 thousand students carried out some activities in their classrooms with the educators of Legambiente and went for guided tours in the treatment plant of the Ecopneus chain to see with their own eyes the treatment process of the End-of-Life Tyres.

A contest has been associated to the training activities. This contest invites the students to send a positive message on the benefits of the correct management of ELTs by the means of a video. A jury composed of representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Education, Ecopneus and Legambiente select the winning classes. Ecopneus then donates them sports surfaces, relaxation areas, or furnishing made with recycled rubber from ELTs.

The 2016/2017 contest in Piedmont and the Valle d’Aosta Region

The 2016/2017 school year saw the involvement of the students of the Regions Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta. The Linguistic High School “E. Bérard” of the city of Aosta came first; the Comprehensive School Lanino of the city of Vercelli came second, and the Comprehensive School of Barge (CN) came third. The winners were awarded three new multipurpose sports surfaces made with recycled rubber from End-of-Life Tyres. A concrete testimony for the students of the importance of a correct management of End-of-Life Tyres: over 1,500 sq/m of sports surfaces to safely play and have fun on made with over 6,000 kg of recycled rubber.

Mr Giovanni Corbetta, General Manager of Ecopneus stated: “We are proud to be able to give the students a tangible sign of the circular economy of the End-of-Life Tyres precisely in their schools. There is not a stronger message for the students than being able to play on a concrete example of the correct recycling of a product at the end of its life cycle. This message is even stronger as the surfaces are a reward for the students’ effort and passion for saving our environment”.