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Barking children learn green skills for National Recycling Week

PUBLISHED: 15:07 13 September 2016

St Margarets pupils outside the school

St Margarets pupils outside the school

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Children from across the borough are learning about the importance of re-using materials as part of National Recycling Week.

St Margarets pupils recycle bunting St Margarets pupils recycle bunting

Pupils at St Margaret’s Primary School in Barking made bunting from old leaflets and learned about the impacts of climate change yesterday.

Ben Wilde, 27, Barking and Dagenham Council’s waste minimisation manager, is leading the sessions as part of a roadshow which will visit four schools this week.

He says it is crucial to educate youngsters about recycling from an early age.

“We’re running a programme with all the schools in the borough and getting them all to play their part,” he explained. “We’re also telling people what can and can’t be recycled.

Emanuel Dowuona and Sebastian Ryan with their bunting Emanuel Dowuona and Sebastian Ryan with their bunting

“It’s a bit of a cliché but these children are the future of the borough and they will grow up to be recycling champions for the capital. Hopefully they will take these ideas home with them and influence their parents too.”

Pupils at Greatfields, William Bellamy and Marks Gate Junior schools will also take part in recycling craft activities and quizzes and will be asked to pledge to recycle more at home.

National Recycling Week runs until Sunday and coincides with the council’s Slim Your Bin drive, launched earlier this month.

Cabinet member for environment and street scene, Cllr Lynda Rice, said: “Recycling Week is another opportunity to ram home our Slim Your Bin campaign that we all need to reduce our waste, re-use and recycle more.

Ben Wilde shows pupils how to make bunting Ben Wilde shows pupils how to make bunting

“This week we are focusing on schools and children who are often passionate about the environment – it is after all their future and generation which will have to live with the consequences of our wasteful past.”

On average every household in Barking and Dagenham throws out almost one tonne of non-recyclable waste each year – almost twice as much as some London boroughs.

Visit slimyourbin.com for more information.

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