Primary pupils poised to teach benefits of recycling

Primary pupils poised to teach benefits of recycling

Neighbourhood Engagement Officer, Gemma Bennett, held a recycling workshop at St Stephen’s Primary School in Preston to support Recycle Week 2019.

The school has its own eco-council of 14 children from year 2 to year 6, who promote recycling and other initiatives within the school.

The eco-council attended the workshop where they sorted various pictures into household non-recyclable items or recyclable items and discussed which items go in which bin to recycle. They also learned more about compostable items.

Next, the children decorated their own recyclable and re-useable paper ‘bag for life’. These can be used for loose fruit and vegetables when they go shopping with their parents or guardians to encourage reduced purchase of products packaged in plastic.

To end the session, the children took part in a scavenger hunt  where they had to find recyclable items and match them to the correct summary sheet.

The children were asked to feedback what they had learnt and done at the workshop to other classes to promote recycling to the rest of the school. They also came up with the idea of selling paper ‘bags for life’ for people to decorate and use. These will be sold for 10p at their reduced cost food project to spread their message further.

Everyone enjoyed the workshop and is enthusiastic about spreading the word about recycling!