Week will not be a waste for environment

A series of roadshows are taking place to inspire young people and their communities to take action and protect the environment.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 7:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 7:26 am
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North Tyneside Council is delivering interactive and fun filled assemblies, junk modelling workshops and unique playground pledge roadshows in four schools.

It is all part of National Waste Week, which is run by EDF Energy’s education programme The Pod from March 7 to 11.

The roadshows will be visiting Collingwood Primary School, Holystone Primary School, South Wellfield First School and Amberley Primary School.

The assemblies are aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 children will raise awareness of the importance of recycling and reducing waste, as well as focusing on the ‘Wash, Squash and Recycle’ and ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaigns.

In the afternoon session, the children will make up the audience of ‘Lunch Box Leftovers’, a mock cookery show, where there will be a challenge to make something yummy out of food not eaten during lunch.

There will be an incentive of a £300 prize every term to schools that make a pledge to Wash, Squash and Recycle.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “National waste week is a great campaign for young people to get involved with.

“It raises awareness of the importance of reducing waste in a fun and memorable way.

“It also links in with the campaigns we run throughout year to encourage young people to take care of the environment.

“This is just one of the many projects we are running with schools and communities across the borough.

“The environment is a key issue for us and getting young people involved from an early age is vital.”