Lincoln pupils raise recycling awareness

Students from North Kesteven School have created a DVD to encourage city residents to be more aware about what could go into their recycling bins.

The DVD, called Rethink, was planned and filmed by pupils from North Kesteven, Ling Moor, St Michael’s C of E and Washingborough Foundation primaries. Alongside the Lincolnshire County Council’s Sustainable Schools team, their aim was to teach people in Lincoln and the rest of the county how items are recycled and the benefits of doing so.

The film is centred around a family and their household items, and following the journey of a plastic milk container once it is thrown into the recycling bin. The pupils filmed the milk container going into the recycling lorry, being sorted at Caythorpe, going to Louth to become kerbstones.

Sustainable Schools advisor Kim Hudson said: “The students were given the privileged opportunity of visiting industrial sites not normally open to the public.

“They saw first-hand why it’s important to recycle the correct items subject to what their district council collect. They saw video cassette tapes, huge cuddly toys and electrical items either damaging machines or taking up staff time to separate and send off to landfill.

“They also got to film where some of our landfill waste ends up and realised that recycling is a crucial part of waste reduction. The experience was a real eye-opener for them and we hope the DVD is likewise for others.”

Pupils also encourage people to give up unwanted items to charity, second hand or refuse websites, advertise them or take them to a household waste recycling centre.

The edited DVD will be available in all county schools for the duration of the month, but can also be found at Recycled For Lincolnshire’s website.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council | Photo: Scott Ableman