School children in Surrey are participating in special interactive workshops about recycling, after the county launched a new campaign entitled Are You Recycling Right?
Bromley Borough News reported that school children at Hillcroft Primary School and Oakhyrst Grange School visited the Tandridge District Council offices for the special workshop, which was designed to help them better understand what can and can’t be recycled.
The push for better recycling education comes after the area noticed an increase in the amount of recycling being collected containing non-recyclable items.
During their day out, the children had the chance to process bins of recycling in a mini material recycling facility (MRF).
They were taught about what materials can and can’t be recycled first, before being given the opportunity to sort through recycling, separating things like tins and cans using giant handheld magnets, and sorting the other items into different waste streams.
All the children had the chance to try the different operational roles, which included sorting the waste, operating the conveyor belt and transferring the recycling into a hopper.
Surrey isn’t the only place in the UK where people are confused about what they can and can’t recycle in their black refuse sacks though, with research by Viridor earlier this year revealing that 64% of residents aren’t sure what they can actually recycle.
In addition, 78% of those questioned expressed frustration about the fact that different councils recycle different items, while 73% of people would like to know more about how their waste is recycled once it is collected