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Schoolpupils to meet talking, rapping, recycling robot

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Schoolpupils across Shropshire will get the chance to meet a talking, rapping robot next month – and learn about reducing, recycling and reusing waste at the same time.

Recycler the robot will be visting ten primary schools across the county from Monday 10 November to Thursday 13 November 2104 (see notes for schedule), when he will bring recycling to life 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 (the 3 Rs) – 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.

He is being brought to the county by Shropshire Council in partnership with the national recycling charity Waste Watch.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

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

Shirley Barre, Education Officer with Waste Watch, said:

“Every household in the UK throws away over one tonne of waste each year, and more than half of this could be recycled.  A visit from Recycler is a great way for young people to learn about how important it is to reduce waste and to recycle as much as possible, at home and at school.  Joining in with Recycler’s rap and watching the games, props and roleplays is a great way to remember important messages and take them home.” 

Recycler has already reached more than two million children across the UK in the 17 years that he has been visiting schools, has been widely praised for his fun and memorable performances to schoolpupils, and has even won a ‘green’ Blue Peter badge for his efforts.

To watch a video of Recycler in action, click here.

Further information

Recycler the Robot – Shropshire school visit schedule 

Monday 10 November

  • 1.30pm: Holy Trinity Primary School, Oswestry

Tuesday 11 November

  • 9.10am: Dorrington Primary
  • 11am: Rushbury Primary
  • 1.30pm: Stokesay Primary, Craven Arms

Wednesday 12 November

  • 9.10am: Market Drayton Junior School
  • 11am: Sheriffhales Primary
  • 1.30pm: Buildwas Primary

 Thursday 13 November

  • 9.10am: Oakmeadow Primary, Bayston Hill
  • 11am: Greenfields Primary, Shrewsbury
  • 1.30pm: Woodfield Infant, Shrewsbury 

Waste Watch, a part of Keep Britain Tidy, is a leading environmental organisation working to change the way people use the world’s natural resources.  Our vision is a less wasteful society, and we believe everyone has a part to play in reducing waste and living more sustainably.

We are a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity.  We advise, educate and inform people on ways to reduce all forms of waste – from the rubbish we throw away and the energy we needlessly use to the water we pour down the drain.

By making changes to our daily lives and by changing the world around us – at home, in school, and in the workplace – we can all make a big difference.   And Waste Watch exists to show everyone how they can make that difference.

For more information, visit www.wastewatch.org.uk and www.recyclezone.org.uk.