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Prize for phone book collection
Children with certificates
The winning team collected 1,700 phone books to win 300
Schoolchildren have collected nearly 1,700 phone directories to win a recycling challenge.

Youngsters from St Mary's Church of England First School, in West Moors, collected an average of 16.6 Yellow Pages books each to win a 300 prize.

Twenty schools took part in the East Dorset District Council competition, collecting a total of 8,621 phone books which have been recycled for packaging.

Witchampton CE First School came second and Pamphill First School were third.

The winning youngsters were invited to a recycling plant to collect their certificates and prizes.

Gemma Coles, waste manager at the council, said: "I'd like to thank all the schoolchildren, teachers and communities that took on the challenge and made it such a success."

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