School children learn recycling dos and don'ts during recycle week

26 June 2015 in Environment and Young people
Children from a Plaistow school yesterday (Thursday 25 June) found out what they can and cannot recycle during a special lesson as part of Recycling Week.
The children from New City Primary School, New City Road, were shown how rubbish and recycling is sorted when it arrives at the East London Waste Authority’s Materials Recovery Facility in Jenkins Lane.

The lesson, part of Newham Council’s Recycle for Your Community project, was organised as part of Recycling Week which runs between 22 June and 28 June and tied in with the school’s focus on local jobs in the community. It also involved the children identifying items that could be recycled from a bag of rubbish and a craft session using recyclable materials.

It was just one of the ways the council has been raising awareness about recycling throughout the week with the aim of boosting the borough’s recycling performance. This year’s theme has been around highlighting household items which could be recycled but are often thrown in the rubbish bin.

Many households regularly recycle items like plastic milk bottles, but it is also easy to recycle many other items from the bathroom, living room and even the bedroom. These include cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes, plastic shampoo and moisturiser bottles.

Empty liquid soap, bleach and bathroom cleaner bottles can also be recycled once any trigger top sprays or pump dispenser tops have been removed.

The council has been raising awareness of the everyday forgotten items that could be recycled through its social media channels, on its recycling vehicles and in the Newham Mag.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “Recycling helps to protect the environment, and saves money by reducing the costs of getting rid of waste. There are so many items that can be recycled around the home but many of us simply throw our rubbish in the bin.

“You can recycle washing up bottles, shampoo bottles, newspapers and junk mail. People just need to get into the habit of putting the right items in the correct bins and with them being collected from your doorstep there is no excuse not to get involved.

“There was a real buzz at the school today and the children showed tremendous enthusiasm to get into the recycling habit. I hope this encourages their parents, relatives and friends to recycle more.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Recycle for Your Community Education Officer, Jennifer Cooper, who led the session said: “Through the Recycle for Your Community campaign we are able to offer practical support to schools to increase recycling and waste reduction amongst pupils, staff and parents.

“This type of support really helps schools to build learning about waste and recycling into their everyday teaching and to offer children the opportunity to learn more about the finite nature of resources and how we all have a responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can.”

Assistant Headteacher of New City Primary School, Stuart Seamark, said: “The children at New City have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to learn about different places as part of 15 Billion’s work week, in particular recycling and how staff at Jenkins Lane facilitates this.

“The activity led by Jennifer from Keep Britain Tidy helped the children make the links between recycling and the local community.”