Nunnery Wood Eco-students find out where their recycling goes
Pupils from Nunnery Wood High School found out about recycling at EnviroSort on January 27th.
Eighteen pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 spent the afternoon at the site, which is the destination for all the recycling collected from doorsteps across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The students that attended were part of the schools 'Eco-Rep' programme and collect recycling at school every day. The trip showed them where the material goes, how it is separated out and where it goes afterwards.
The students enjoyed being shown how technology was used to sift through tonnes of waste that arrives at the plant, from huge magnets to extract steel cans to computers that measure the amount of light reflected off plastics to identify their properties and instantly separate them through fast pulses of air.
As well as being given a guided tour the students learned how recycled paper is made and had a go at making some of their own. The trip was enjoyed by all and the pupils left inspired to reduce their waste and recycle even more at home and at school.
James Nightingale, Geography teacher, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Nunnery students to learn more about the waste that we produce and be rewarded for all their hard work this year in promoting and collecting recycling in school.The students were amazed by how much recycling is collected every day across the county."
Kate Stott, Education and Communications Officer for Severn Waste Services said “We are excited to be able to offer Herefordshire and Worcestershire schools the opportunity to visit EnviroSort for free. The pupils from Nunnery Wood High School were really engaged with recycling and the benefits it offers .
The students took the opportunity to ask questions to learn more about how their individual behaviour could improve their local environment and benefit their community and got to see the facility first hand to understand how materials can get made into new things. The group were particularly excited to learn that the tables in our Education Room are made from recycled plastic bottles.”