Young people inspired to think about waste

Leicestershire County Council is looking to inspire schoolchildren to become the next generation of recyclers.

Leicestershire is a high performing recycling area, with around 49 per cent of rubbish recycled, but the county council is always aiming to further improve the rates.

So the authority is once again linking up with theatre company, PALS Productions, to look at ways of providing engaging activities to get youngsters thinking about sustainability.

The company, which incorporates interactive teaching techniques in workshops on reducing, reusing and recycling, will begin a five-week tour of primary schools across the county on Monday, 29 January at Hathern Primary School, Loughborough.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste, said: “We want to get Leicestershire’s kids more excited about recycling and sustainability. It’s important because they have the potential to become the next generation of conscious consumers, avid upcyclers, or environmental activists.

“Schoolchildren account for roughly 18 per cent of the county’s population, so we have a great opportunity to reach a large number of children, and have a positive impact on the way they think about waste issues.”

The county council has worked with PALS Productions for the past six years to deliver the educational workshops. Throughout the two-hour sessions, children take part in a range of activities, including acting, singing, dancing, and improvising.

Last year, pupils at St Botolphs Primary School, in Loughborough, took part in a workshop, and staff said that the pupils were “enthused, engaged and having fun, while learning about the importance of recycling to keep the world a better place.”

The county council is also offering free educational waste reduction workshops, activities and talks to, community groups and schools in Leicestershire who have an interest in reducing waste, and living more sustainably.

For more information about recycling and reducing waste visit: www.lesswaste.org.uk/