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The good, the bad and the bugly

A special awards ceremony at the Assembly Hall in Islington has recognised the efforts of school children accross the Borough on environmental issues. Efforts at the schools which inclued New North School and Tufnell Park school included giving up their lunchtimes to monitor energy use do gardening. Sadia, Anika, Amirah and Jessica from New North School said “the reason these awards are important to us is because it tells everyone our school is eco-friendly and it makes us feel proud that our hard work staying green has been recognised. Bad boys – fly-tippers who illegally dumped used tyres on land in King’s Cross ln London have been given jail sentences following an investigation by Islington Council. Malcolm Regan, Michael Briggs and Anthony Gustave were caught at the site near the Channel Tunnel rail link in York Way in May 2009 after Council investigators had managed to track the vehicle they were using and then alerted police, who arrested the three men at the scene. About 3,000 tyres were found dumped at the site. All three defendants pleaded guilty to two counts of depositing controlled waste in York Way in May 2009, in breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Regan, 44, of Bow, E3, was sentenced to four months in prison. Briggs, 29, of Bethnal Green, E2, and Gustave, 32, of Hackney, E8, were given three months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, with 120 hours community service and curfew conditions. They were also ordered to pay costs of £250 each.
 
And bad apples – Apple have banned iPhones from a UK green ranking scheme which is designed to assess the ecological impact of handsets – Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung are part of the scheme launched in partnership with Forum for the Future and is based on 63 questions which cover topics such as the energy and resources used in manufacturing the phone and its components. 02 rated the Sony Ericsson Elm as the most eco-friendly phone.
 
Lastly bugs – A fun day out for the family including demonstations on vegetable gardening, beehive care and a mini-beast safari takes place on the 18th September at St Lukes Centre, Islington. Email kerry.kirwan@islington.gov.uk for more details.