Recycling: It’s no WASTE of time!

Today, Lucinda Scott, from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council visited St. Peter’s Primary School to deliver a programme aimed at helping the children to learn about the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ programme.

Lucinda, who spoke to the children in Key Stage groups, provided lots of interesting information and practical activities, with a touch of recycling humour!

Foundation and Key Stage One:  Children heard the unusual story of ‘Litter Red Riding Hood’, who went for a walk on a sunny day, admiring the flowers, birds and creatures of the forest.  After stopping for a picnic, the children were horrified to learn that she dropped her rubbish on the ground!  Luckily the Big Bad Wolf jumped out and challenged her to think about her littering.  He told her about the Wee Recyclers, who know how to rubbish, reuse, recycle and compost the things we throw away.  Everyone was glad to learn that, at the end of the story, the little girl had changed her name to ‘Recycling Red Riding Hood’.

After the presentations, Mrs Murtagh reminded the children about the uses of the two bins in our classrooms, and encouraged them to think of some opportunities for recycling our own rubbish into junk art during worktime.

Key Stage Two:  At the beginning of the presentation, the children learned that our world is under threat, one which is creating disasters such as mudslides, flooding and piles of rubbish.  After a noisy drum roll, Lucinda revealed that this threat is none other than… us!  She explained that, right from birth, we are creating a huge amount of rubbish, and how our landfill sites are no longer in use because they are full!  How sad the children were to realise that our black bin rubbish now has to be burned, and leaves a waste product that still has to be disposed of.  Lucinda told the children how rates, paid for by mums and dads, is used towards the cost of this disposal.

Children from each class joined Lucinda to have a think about the types of waste that can go into our black, blue and brown bin, and although the children considered themselves to have a good understanding about the sorting of rubbish, some examples reminded us that we are still making a few mistakes.

Lucinda told the children about Re-Gen, the Newry based factory that sorts the council’s mixed waste processing.   At present, our council recycles 42% of our waste with an aim of 50% by 2020, but this is still not enough!   How shocked we were to find out that thousands of tons of waste go to the factory each day, but, that after sorting, recycled materials can be made into cars, lorries, even the clothes we wear.


One recycled drinks can could save enough energy to power a TV for 4 hours.

Barcelona was the first football team to make an environmentally responsible kit using recycled plastic bottles.

The council uses some of the compost produced through recycling to add to flower arrangements at roundabouts.

Elephant poo is recyclable and is available as Elephant poo paper!!

To finish, Lucinda reminded the children to watch out for new stickers on bins in the coming days: Strictly No Food Waste, and finished by challenging them to reuse the past, recycle the present and save our future.

Many thanks to the Eco-Committee for organising the event and to Lucinda Scott and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for today’s visit.

Find out more about bin collections and recycling on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s website.


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I attended today’s presentations and was surprised by some of the rubbish items I needed help to sort! Time to make more effort to reduce, reuse and recycle for a happier earth.

by Chynel McCrink on February 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

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