Caerphilly County Borough has been rated within the top three local authority areas in Wales for its number of “Eco Schools”.
The scheme, run by Keep Wales Tidy, aims to get pupils thinking about the environment by letting them set up green projects within their schools.
So far, every school in the county borough has an Eco School award, with 71 having a Green Flag award.
Green Flags are renewed every two years and schools renewing for a fourth time are also granted an Eco School’s Platinum award.
Fifteen schools currently hold their first flag, 14 schools have achieved their second, 19 have their third while 22 schools have achieved their fourth.
Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau, in Ystrad Mynach, was recently awarded its first Green Flag after pupils introduced recycling bins in every class, food waste recycling, battery recycling and asked for the installation of push-taps throughout the school.
Abertysswg Primary School has also been awarded its first Green Flag for its pupils’ environmental initiative.
Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said: “Congratulations to the schools within Caerphilly who have achieved either an Eco School award or an Eco School Green Flag award.
“I am delighted that pupils within the borough are being taught the importance of the environment and sustainability, as this knowledge will stand them in great stead for the future.”