Think Silver Day - Dean Valley Primary School, Bollington
July 4th, 2016
Four of Dean Valley’s Junior Recycling Officers recently led a ‘Think Silver Day’ for their school, an event which was organised by the school’s Eco Team.
A Junior Recycling Officer (JRO) encourages the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle amongst their schools, families and wider community. JROs attend a Launch Event where they participate in a number of recycling based activities and are encouraged to set up their own recycling schemes at school using the knowledge and ideas gained from the event.
The day began with a recycling assembly for the whole school, during which the Ansa recycling mascot, Phil the Bin, made a special appearance. The enthusiastic JROs acted out an entertaining play on what should and should not go into the silver bin from the bathroom. In addition the infants - following the theme of the day - dressed in silver.
During the school day the JROs then went on to run extremely popular recycling games as well as recycling classes for the whole school. One important issue that was covered was contamination in the silver bin and how vehicle loads of contaminated waste goes on to landfill. Contamination in recycling bins is a big issue and the schoolchildren at Dean Valley are now fully aware of the problem and how they can help to address it.
Dean Valley teacher, Lyndsay Lamb, who was also a Junior Recycling Officer in her youth, said “I am still passionate about the environment - it’s my core! I’m delighted to be working with such enthusiastic children.”