This year, the Council has been offering free recycling shows and workshops to schools around Derby, working with the theatre company, MOMO.
Redwood Primary School enjoyed three shows by MOMO on Thursday 30th November, encouraging children aged 5–11 to think about where their rubbish goes.
At the end of the school day, the Council’s Recycling team was present in the playground to discuss the messages with parents. They also gave out some pencils and rubbers made from recycled materials to show what can be achieved by recycling your plastics and paper.
Rachel Collins, Year 5 teacher at Redwood Primary School, said:
“Thank you for an engaging, humorous performance which was enjoyed by all and has definitely encouraged our children to think more carefully about recycling and looking after the environment.”
Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, attended the show alongside the Recycling team. He was joined by Councillor Joanna West, as Redwood Primary School is in her ward, Sinfin.
After the show, Councillor Afzal spoke to some of the children to hear how much they had learned. He commented that:
“This show was brilliant in that it was able to engage the kids with humour, and communicate the simplicity of the message: put the right things in the right bin. What was also great is that they talked about reusing and composting as well – showing that there are many ways to reduce what goes to landfill!
I hope that this show, along with the team’s work in the playground, has helped to really emphasise with families in Sinfin how easy and important recycling is.”
These recycling shows are free to schools around Derby. In addition to these, the Council also offers free workshops, helping to give the key messages in a variety of exciting ways.