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FREE waste and recycling visitor experiences in Leeds

Something new for 2018?

With 2018 now firmly upon us, and Christmas a distant memory, it’s only right that we look forward to the challenges of the New Year. In so doing it might be useful, in contemplating these challenges, to reflect on Christmas 2017 in terms of the amount of waste we all collectively produced with around 114,000 tons of plastic thrown away, not recycled, and more than 88 million m2 of wrapping paper and 300,000 tonnes of card packaging used over the festive season!

In light of these staggering Government statistics why not resolve to do something practical in 2018 to look after the environment and make a difference to this mountain of waste? This will also represent a small, but nevertheless positive, contribution to an emerging national approach aiming to reduce the amount of plastic waste by;

  • improving the recycling rate which has recently dipped, and
  • teaching pupils what goes into recycling bins and what goes into general rubbish bins

What better way for you and your pupils to do this than through ‘first-hand’ experience of waste and recycling at one of a number of FREE waste and recycling visitor experiences Leeds can offer including;

East Leeds Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and Re-use shop and Kirkstall Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and Re-use shop.  At both locations classes are typically divided into 2 smaller groups with one group benefitting from a tour of the site while the other group visits the Re-use shop and vice-versa. Teachers must accompany classes at all times on the tour and at least 1 months’ booking notice is required. All children will have the option of choosing a free book or item up to the value of £1.

Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), Veolia Environmental Services. Typically classes are divided into 2 smaller groups and while one group benefits from a tour of this recently opened facility including, what is believed to be the largest living green wall in Europe, the other group will learn a lot more about waste and recycling through interactive class based activities. 

Material Recovery Facility (MRF), HW Martin Waste Ltd. Typically classes are divided into 2 smaller groups and while one group benefits from a tour of the facility the other group will learn more about waste and recycling through interactive class based activities. In the case of primary schools please be aware that this visit is only available to pupils in years 4, 5 and 6.  As a busy working site, there may be times when educational visits are unavailable and your understanding is appreciated.

For further information on any of these educational visit opportunities, or to find more out about the school waste education programme please contact, in the first instance, Steve Ruse. Lead Sustainable School consultant. Leeds City Council Health & Wellbeing Service Mob: 07891 275297. Tel: 0113 37 86785. E-mail: steven.ruse@leeds.gov.uk  

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