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Greenies: free-range eggs are a moneyspinner for Niall and Roarke Photo: CHRIS WATT

Greenies: free-range eggs are a moneyspinner for Niall and Roarke Photo: CHRIS WATT


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As any parent of a teenager will attest, getting them out of bed much before midday on a weekend is something of an achievement. Yet every Sunday without fail, come rain, shine, snow or hail, Roarke Hughes and Niall Watson, two 14 year-olds from Fife, are pedalling around the streets of St Andrews by 10am, collecting rubbish for recycling and selling their free-range chicken eggs in a business they call the Re-Cyclists.

Since they started – to raise money for a school trip three years ago – they have collected thousands of bags and saved thousands of tons of rubbish from ending up in landfill.

Earlier this month, they were the youngest finalists at the first ever “Green Oscars”, the PEA (People and Environmental Achievement) Awards, rubbing shoulders with organic chocolatiers and green inventors. Their parents are naturally, very proud of them. “It’s not exactly the south of France up here,” says Roarke’s father, Justin Hughes, “but we rarely have to prod them to get out of bed.”


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