VII Final of the National Ecological Competition “GOOD ADVICE FOR ELECTRONIC WASTE – LEAVE ME IN GOOD HANDS” 2015.

Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw on June 19, 2015 hosted the finalists of this year’s competition. Festival of Youth and Joy, as the final of the competition is called, brought together the children of the senior classes of primary and junior high schools from the whole Poland. The patronage over the competition holds the Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection, and for seven years the event has been organised by AURAEKO Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Organization and AURAEKO BATERPAK Packaging Recycling Organization. Permanent business partner of the competition, because with already 7 years experience, is LG Electronics MŁAWA.

As in previous years, the Copernicus Science Centre became green because of participants’ t-shirts, and on the faces of the members of the School Teams and their Coordinators rising emotions could be seen, connected with the announcement of the result, which was to take place in a moment.

Welcome

The ceremonial welcome by Gabriela Leszczyńska – President of AURAEKO, referred to the best traditions of the competition, which is the appreciation for the work of young people and coordinators, and an even greater appreciation for the results obtained in the competition, with very strong competition. The overall objective of the competition is the promotion of environmentally friendly attitudes among young people, but also among the whole society, because this should be seen as a chance to create decent life conditions for future generations.

Many warm words to the participants were told by Małgorzata Tomczak – Head of Market Surveillance in the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, expressing appreciation for the efforts of young people and schools. Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in various forms supports these activities, which release the energy of young people for environmental protection needs. Ecological initiatives that engage the youth activate not only the youth, but the wider peer and local environment. Diagnoses of the environment condition, which arise in the context of the competition tasks, in cooperation with municipal authorities, is the best form of common concern for own local environment.

Joanna Stocka, education methodologist, the author of the competition materials, the director of Hugo Kołłątaj XXI High School in Warsaw, discussed the competition works, which were assessed by this year Competition Jury. She pointed to the relationship between Coordinator’s commitment and the results that the school teams achieve. She drew attention to the need to respect copyright when using various types of materials in the Reports that are developed within the scope of competition tasks by the youth.

LG ELECTRONICS MŁAWA was represented by Karolina Piotrowska and Arkadiusz Góra.

Competition Jury

On 08.06.2015 a meeting of the Competition Jury was held. The Jury assessed the works of the teams. The Competition Jury “Good Advice for Electronic Waste” composed of:
Joanna Stocka – methodologist, Member of the Jury.
Sylwia Pawlak – AURAEKO Office Coordinator , Member of the Jury.
Ph.D. Zbigniew Lechowski – Media 1, expert in the field.
Gabriela Leszczyńska – President of the Board of AURAEKO OOSE – President of the Jury.

32 teams, composed of five members and one Coordinator, participated in the competition. 28 teams were qualified for the competition, and their works were evaluated by the jury. The Jury assessed the submitted works according to the following criteria, listed in the rules of the competition:
1. Presentation of the team.
2. Diagnosis of the current state (in your town, your municipality).
3. Preparation of the collection.
4. Collection of WEEE and waste batteries and accumulators.
5. Summary and preparation of a report.

Verdict of the Jury and Awards

Schools ranked from 1st to 4th, received the awards in the form of TV of LG company. In addition, all members of winning teams (ranked 1st – 8th), received individual prizes. These are, among others, e-book readers of the companies; PRESTIGIO KIANO, ONYX, LARK, as well as gifts funded by the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection and sweets and gifts funded by AURAEKO.

Main Prize

The main prize and first place in the Final of VII National Competition GOOD ADVICE FOR ELECTROWASTE – LEAVE ME IN GOOD HANDS received the team EkoGim10 from Ignacy Jan Paderewski Junior High School No. 10  in Gliwice. The team scored 300 points out of 348 possible. The team collected 2,060,00 kg. of WEEE and 1,240,00 kg of waste batteries and accumulators. Throughout the competition, 2.5 tonnes of waste batteries and accumulators were collected. This means that a team from Gliwice collected almost 50% of all waste batteries collected in the competition. Junior High School No. 10 in Gliwice received a 55-inch LG TV, 4K ULTRA HD LED Plus backlit, with the resolution Ultra HD 3840×2160 pixels. Individual prizes for the participants – e-book readers PRESTIGIO Multi Reader Lumen, funded by AURAEKO, as well as gifts from Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and sweets.

Second place went to: The team EKOgimBIOsy – from John Paul II Junior High School No. 4  from Pruszkow. The team scored 264 points, collecting 4,811,00 kg of WEEE. It is the largest amount of WEEE collected in the competition and 113 kg. of waste batteries. John Paul II Junior High School No. 4 in Pruszkow received a 49-inch LG TV, UB850V, LED FULL HD Ultra HD with LED Plus backlit display. Individual prizes for the participants – e-book readers PRESTIGIO Multi Reader Lumen sponsored by AURAEKO, as well as gifts from Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and sweets.

Third place went to:  The team EKOPATROL from gen. Józef Zachariasz Bem Primary School No. 34 from Bialystok. The team scored 258 points out of 348 possible. EKOPATROL collected 2,335,00 kg of WEEE and 280 kg of waste batteries and accumulators. Primary School No. 34 from Bialystok received a 49-inch LG TV, UB820V, LED. Individual prizes for the participants – e-book readers KIANO Booky Light, funded by AURAEKO, as well as gifts from Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and sweets.

Fourth place went to: The team EKOZBIERACZE from John Paul II Junior High School No. 1 from Sochaczew, scoring 257 points out of 348 possible. The team collected 4,210,00 kg. of WEEE and 110 kg of waste batteries. The school received the TV LG 42-inch LED FULL HD. Individual prizes for the participants – e-book readers KIANO – Booky Light sponsored by AURAEKO, as well as gifts from Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and sweets.

Fifth place went to: Team EKOZAKRĘCONE, from Junior High School No. 3 in Sochaczew, scoring 247 points. For the 5th place, each team member received: a diploma, e-book reader ONYX, sweets and gifts, sponsored by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and AURAEKO.

Sixth place went to: Team DZIECI SŁOŃCA DO KOŃCA, from Danuta Sędzikówna “Inka” Junior High School No. 2  from Ostroleka, scoring 241 points. For the 6th place, each team member received: a diploma, e-book reader ONYX, gifts, funded by the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection and sweets and small gifts from AURAEKO – the organizer of the competition.

Seventh place went to: The team AUGUSTOWIANKI from Krechowiecki Cavalry Junior High School No. 3 from Augustow, winning 239 pts. For the 7th place, each team member received: a diploma, e-book reader LARK, sweets and gifts sponsored by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and AURAEKO.

Eighth place went to: The team TRANZYSTORKI from Mikolaj Rej Junior High  School No. 5 from Czestochowa, scoring 236 points out of 348. For the 8th place team members received: diplomas, and in addition each member of the team received the e-book reader LARK, sweets and gifts funded by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection and AURAEKO.

Special Award of Distinction LG ELCTRONICS MŁAWA, in the form of an invitation to “Open Day at LG Electronics Mlawa, won the team S.K. LOP „Limba” from the State Primary School in Janikowo. The program includes, among others, visiting the production lines, presentation of the latest products and lunch. What is more, team members received diplomas and gifts funded by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, as well as sweets and small gifts from AURAEKO.

FESTIVITIES, singing and playfulness, is the title of a half-hour play of music BLUESMASZYNA and the finalists. There are no words that could describe what was happening there. It is best to see the photo galleries below the article. One thing, however, can and should be said. Whoever wanted had a great fun. After festivities and playfulness, all the finalists have adopted the pro-gastronomic attitude and went for a well deserved meal, which was recorded in the photo gallery below the article.

Perhaps a common pro-ecological attitude leads to an increase in appetite. Who knows … One thing is certain. Successful competition, successful final, joyful youth. Such action may give rise to hope for a healthy environment.