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Pupils enjoy recycling workshop in a bin wagon

Published 5 October 2022

Pupils at primary schools across the High Peak have taken part in recycling workshops in a classroom with a difference - a converted waste collection vehicle!

High Peak Borough Council and its waste partner AES worked with bin wagon manufacturer Dennis Eagle to offer the opportunity to nine local schools.

The former bin wagon has been converted into a mobile classroom so pupils get the chance to see inside it whilst learning about waste and recycling.

Staff from AES used the workshops to raise awareness of key environmental issues, including the benefits of recycling, and help encourage correct recycling through a variety of activities.

Councillor Jean Todd, Executive Councillor Climate Change, Environment and Community Safety, said: "Recycling is a great way we can all help to make a difference to the amount of waste and rubbish we create - and ultimately to our environment.

"We do have a good recycling track record here in the High Peak, and a kerbside collection service to make it easier for everyone to get involved, and I'd like to say a big thanks to all those households that are already taking part.

"However, there is always room for improvement and it's never too early to start forming good habits which will last a lifetime. That's why I was delighted to join pupils at Whaley Bridge Primary School for this interactive, engaging workshop.

"The converted vehicle is a fun and memorable space to highlight the benefits of recycling and the children really enjoyed these sessions where they learnt more about the benefits of recycling and unusual ways to re-use unwanted items. They also received a fun workbook which will build up their knowledge and also has tips for parents or carers."

Seren Hathway, Head Teacher of Whaley Bridge Primary School said "All the children had a brilliant day exploring the recycling van and taking part in the litter pick. The children were inspired by the informative and engaging team, and have come away with lots of ideas about how they can improve our approach to recycling in school. We are now sorting our snack rubbish at breaktimes - what a brilliant visit!"

Due to the availability of the vehicle, the schools were selected at random based on applications received from interested schools but AES will continue to offer a series of workshops throughout the year to all schools.

And it's not just schools who can take up the offer of free workshops and talks - they are also available to community groups.

If you'd like to arrange a session, or just want more information, please email AES at