Pupil’s take part in household waste workshops at Rotherham visitor attraction

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Enthusiastic youngsters lifted the lid on what happens to household waste during a series of educational workshops.

Teams of Key Stage 2 children were invited to Rotherham’s Magna science centre to take part in a programme called It’s a Rubbish Adventure.

To deliver the workshops, the visitor attraction joined forces with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Waste Partnership and Shanks Waste Management, who are building a new facility at Manvers in Rotherham to process leftover household waste rather than send it to landfill.

Pupils learned about the processes involved in moving, sorting, re-using and recycling household waste, just as it will be done at the new waste treatment facility at Manvers.

They were also given the opportunity to use conveyor belts, air blowers and electromagnets to separate waste and look at how it can be turned into something useful.

Shanks contracts director Colin Fletcher said: “This was really all about getting children interested in recycling and excited about engineering, encouraging them to think about it as a career choice.”