High Peak Schools offered a free recycling workshop in a garbage car classroom

High Peak Borough Council and waste treatment partner Alliance Environmental Services (AES) are teaming up with railcar maker Dennis Eagle on the initiative, which will build on National Recycling Week themes, from 19-25 september.

The train car has been converted into a mobile classroom so students have the chance to see inside while learning from AES staff about key environmental issues and the benefits of waste reduction and recycling .

Councilor Jean Todd, Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety, said: “This is a great opportunity for elementary schools to get a free educational tour from our waste team and give their students a fun workshop to help them understand recycling.

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AES Councilor Jean Todd and Jason Taylor with the converted Dennis Eagle vehicle

“We are all learning to take better care of the environment and react to climate change. Giving our young people the knowledge they need to help them recycle well will help them and the planet by reducing their carbon footprint.

She added: ‘The workshop is full of fun tips, tricks and information so kids can take their knowledge home and continue recycling properly. I look forward to hearing from schools willing to get involved.

The mobile classroom will be in High Peak Monday to Friday, September 26-30, and the board has written to all primary schools in the borough offering them the opportunity to register their interest.

The team also worked with Dennis Eagle to produce a manual outlining High Peak’s waste collection and bin systems that will be given to students at the workshop.

Watch out for the truck on local roads in September.

Due to limited time slots during the week, applying schools will be randomly selected for a mobile classroom tour, but AES will continue to offer workshops throughout the year to all schools.

Free workshops and lectures are also available for High Peak community groups.

If you would like to arrange a session or just want more information, email AES at [email protected]

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