Primary schools across the Moorlands are being offered the chance to have a recycling workshop for pupils – in a converted bin wagon.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and its waste partner AES are working with bin wagon manufacturer Dennis Eagle to offer the opportunity during Recycle Week in September.
The former bin wagon has been converted into a mobile classroom so pupils get the chance to see inside it while learning about waste and recycling.
The free workshops will be run by staff from AES to raise awareness of key environmental issues, including the benefits of recycling, and help encourage correct recycling through activities.
The team has also worked with Dennis Eagle to produce a workbook featuring the Staffordshire Moorlands waste collection and bin systems, which will be given to students at the workshop.
Councillor Sav Scalise, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a great opportunity for primary schools to get a free educational visit from our waste team and give their pupils a fun workshop to help them understand recycling.
“Taking better care of the environment and responding to our changing climate is something that all of us are learning to live with so equipping our young people with the knowledge they need to help them get recycling right will help them, and the planet, by reducing their carbon footprint.
“The workshop is full of fun tips, advice and information so children can take their knowledge home and continue to recycle correctly. I look forward to hearing from schools keen to get involved.”
The converted vehicle will be in the Moorlands from September 19 to 23. The council has written to all primary schools in the district offering them the chance to register their interest.
Due to availability, schools will be randomly selected for a visit from the mobile classroom but AES will continue to offer a series of workshops throughout the year to all schools.
And it’s not just schools who can take up the offer of free workshops and talks – they are also available to community groups. If you’d like to arrange a session, or just want more information, please email AES at firstname.lastname@example.org