Borough Council of Wellingborough

Pupils experience the journey of their recycling

Published Thursday, 21 March 2019

Pupils from Park Junior School received a unique lesson all about the importance of looking after their environment and find out where their recycling goes.

Youngsters visited Trafalgar House on Friday morning (15 March) after winning a competition as part of Young Citizen’s Day which representatives from Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wellingborough Homes and Wellingborough Norse delivered last month. As part of the day colleagues provided educational and interactive sessions to the pupils from Park Junior.

The winners of the competition were invited to visit Wellingborough Norse’s depot to find out more about what the team do and the journey of recycling.

30 year five pupils arrived at 9.45am and received a warm welcome from Operations Director at Wellingborough Norse, Bernard Gallyot. The youngsters were then split into groups and had three 30 minute sessions on dog safety, waste transfer station and a visit to the Northamptonshire Waste partnership education bus and took part in a whole-host of interactive games.

One pupil added: “I had a fascinating morning – the best school trip I’ve ever been on. The best part was sitting in the bin lorry and watching the bins being emptied.  The interactive education bus was also great fun!”

Youngsters then had the chance to walk around Norse’s offices and waste unit and find out more about the journey of disposing of recycling and the importance of the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle.

Wellingborough Council’s Community Protection Enforcement Officer, Sheeba Stephen, delivered a Q&A session that provided the pupils with the information they need to make sure they’re safe around dogs while out and about. She also talked about the importance of taking responsibility for their dogs mess when outside.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough work with Wellingborough Norse to deliver waste services for residents across the borough.

Bernard Gallyot, Operations Director at Wellingborough Norse, said: “We all really enjoyed the visit from Park Junior school and it was great to see all the children’s excited faces. We had never done anything like this before so weren’t sure what to expect, but everyone said what a great day it was and we look forward to delivering more events like this in future.

“It’s great to be able to teach these children a little something that will, in the long run, help protect their environment so they will have a brighter, cleaner, safer future.”

Organisations will continue to work together to provide pupils with everything they need to know to continue to be responsible young citizens. The next Young Citizens Day is due to take place in April.