Kids to learn that recycling is no waste of time

AROUND 1,400 school children from 20 schools across the district will learn that recycling is not a waste of time when they participate in a series of events during this year’s Eco Week initiative.

Now in its tenth year, Eco Week, which runs from 23 to 30 March, is an educational initiative developed by Banbridge District Council with the goal of making young people more aware of environmental issues.

W5, Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre, has once again teamed up with the Council to deliver a series of short interactive workshops to pupils in participating schools.

W5’s science demonstration team will be visiting local schools to give pupils an interactive presentation on the importance of the new kerbside recycling scheme that is being rolled out to local households from next month.

Year 8 and 9 pupils from Newbridge Integrated College and St Patrick’s College will also have the opportunity to experience a fun-filled show presented by the W5 team at the Iveagh Movie Studios on Friday 23 March.

Council Environmental Education Officer, Tracy Fitzpatrick, commented: “Our Eco Week initiative complements the current school curriculum. This year’s interactive show will enable pupils to follow the journey that recyclable waste makes from the green bin to the sorting plant. They will also learn about the new materials that can be recycled in the green bin and what they can be made into.

Many of the schools participating in Eco Week welcome the opportunity for their pupils to learn about the many important environmental messages through the format of the W5 shows, and the increasing number of schools participating in Eco Week demonstrates its growing success.”