Eco-conscious Sheffield students encourage community to recycle in new film

Eco-conscious students at a Sheffield primary school have been encouraging members of the community to recycle as part of a project with the council.

By Alana Roberts
Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 1:00 pm

Pupils at Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy School were joined by a film crew on Thursday, January 30, as part of a project to help promote the positives of recycling to those living in the area.

During the day the youngsters were filmed using classroom recycling bins and litter picking around the school grounds.

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Pupils from Tinsley School taking part in a recycling film with Sheffield Council

As many of the children’s first language is not English, they also helped to verbally translate the recycling message to demonstrate the practice on a multi-lingual basis, explaining what items are recyclable and which bins to use for each item in English as well as their own home-spoken languages.

Principal Deborah Sanderson said: “We’re into recycling at Tinsley Meadows and at the moment are looking to become an Eco-School so we have to do various recycling initiatives because of that – we recycle paper, we recycle vegetable peelings, cans, all the usual things.

“I think it is great for sustainability and what we’re trying to do as part of Eco-School is build it into the curriculum for sustainability and for the future. The children have really enjoyed it.”

The scheme is being delivered by Sheffield Council and Veolia with help from pupils and staff at Tinsley Meadows School.

During the film, the pupils from Tinsley School taught members of the community how to use their different coloured bins correctly

It is hoped the project will help increase the tonnage of recycled materials in Tinsley.

Councillor Mark Jones Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and Climate Change, said: “Climate change affects us all and every step, however small, helps to make a difference. The successful recycling project launched at Tinsley Meadow school, demonstrates just how small changes we can make every day can lead to a big impact.

“Pupils have demonstrated that it can be fun to help the environment. They’re not only showing us how to recycle in the classroom the children are influencing people in the local community and helping change behaviours. By leading the way in this recycling project young people are contributing to improving the environment and helping to make Sheffield a better place to live.”

Principal Deborah Sanderson with pupils from Tinsley Meadows Primary School who took part in a recycling film with Sheffield Council