Hellesdon children get hands-on with rubbish

Kinsale Infant Schools learn more about recycling

Published: Thursday, 12th January 2017

Children from Kinsale Infant School recently got hands-on with rubbish, in a session designed to help them learn about recycling.

Waste and recycling officers from Broadland District Council visited the school in Hellesdon to talk about what happens to our rubbish after we put it in the bin. 50 Year 2 children found out what you can and can’t recycle in a hands-on session, where they had to separate a mix of correct and incorrect items into recycling and rubbish bins during a practical sorting exercise.

The school children found out that that items for recycling need to be clean (without food or liquid remains), loose (not in bags) and correct (accepted for recycling by the council). They looked at items such as envelopes, foil and clean plastic trays, which can all be recycled, and crisp packets, sweet wrappers and plastic food wrapping which need to be placed in the general waste bin.

They also learnt about where both rubbish and recycling goes once it leaves our homes, and how it is better for the environment to reuse and recycle where possible.

The children were given quiz sheets to take home, with activities and games to test their new knowledge, and the chance to win a prize of a recycled stationary set if they complete the worksheets.

Mrs Coughlan, class teacher at Kinsale Infant School, said:

"This was an informative session and the children took a lot of new knowledge home about the type of things that can and cannot be recycled."

Cllr John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental excellence, said:

“It’s great to see school children getting involved in something as fundamental as recycling. We hope that they’ll become recycling champions and encourage their families to recycle correctly at home.”

Find out what you can and cannot recycle in Broadland at www.broadland.gov.uk/recycling 

Also see