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Rapping robot to visit its 100th Shropshire school

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Around 1,250 schoolpupils across Shropshire will be learning more about recycling next week when ‘Recycler’ the rapping robot tours 10 Shropshire schools.  This is an extra- special visit, as during the week, Cleobury Mortimer Primary School will be the 100th school in Shropshire to host Recycler the Robot.  

Recycler has been visiting schools in Shropshire since 2004, and from Monday 27 February 2012 to Thursday 1 March 2012, Recycler will be bringing recycling to life at local primary schools through his interactive show.  

The talking robot delivers an action-packed, multimedia assembly.  Recycler sings, moves, lights up and interacts with pupils to teach them how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Recycler has already reached more than two million children across the UK in the 16 years that he has been visiting schools. 

The show tells pupils and teachers all about the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle – and the robot really does do a rap as part of the performance. 

Throughout the performance, Recycler shows children how they can reduce their waste and put the three Rs into practice at home and at school for example by making full use of local recycling schemes.  This is all helping to reduce the environmental and financial burden of sending waste to landfill. 

Recycler has been widely praised for his fun and memorable performances to schoolpupils, and has even won a ‘green’ Blue Peter badge for his efforts. 

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for local environment, economy and waste, said:

“We’ve found that children are good at encouraging their family to recycle, and a visit from Recycler the Robot is a fun way to ensure children understand about the importance of reducing the amount of waste we produce, reusing items, and recycling. 

“Every household in the Shropshire throws away over one tonne of waste each year and although more than half is now recycled, it would be better to produce less waste in the first place.  Pupils will learn from Recycler how important it is to reduce waste, at home and at school.” 

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Councillor for Cleobury Mortimer, said:

“What a great way to get our children into recycling. The future of our planet and countryside lies in their hands.  I am really pleased they are being taught in a fun yet very constructive way.” 

Recycler the Robot is being brought to Shropshire by Shropshire Council’s waste management team, in partnership with the national recycling charity Waste Watch (link to Waste Watch website). 

It’s funded with the assistance of a grant from the BIS WEEE scheme.  This is a Government-funded initiative to help highlight the need to recycle electrical items. 

Recycler schedule 

Monday 27 February  

Cleobury Mortimer Primary School – 1.15pm until 2.15pm  

Tuesday 28 February 

Clive Primary School – 9.15am until 10am

Newtown Primary School (near Wem) – 11am until 11.45am

Whixall Primary School – 1.30pm until 2.15pm 

Wednesday 29 February

Trinity Primary School, Ford – 9.15am until 10am

Minsterley Primary School – 11am until 11.45am

Morville Primary School  – 1.30pm until 2.15pm 

Thursday 1 March

Hodnet Primary School – 9.15am until 10am

Shawbury Primary School – 11am until 11.45am

Bicton Primary School – 1.30pm until 2.15pm