Children from a Bognor Regis school have been behind the scenes to discover what happens to recycling from their homes.
The latest generation of young recyclers visited the Materials Recycling Facility in Ford, which is run by Viridor on behalf of West Sussex County Council.
The all-expenses paid trip was organised after St Mary’s Catholic Primary School won a competition earlier this year as part of a green month.
Head teacher Peter Edgington said: “It is so important for children to understand how important it is to reduce, reuse and recycle. The children saw all the materials first hand today and realised how important recycling is to the future of the planet.”
The key stage 2 pupils got out to head out to the viewing platform which sits above the facility’s specialist machinery to see how recycling is sorted, bunkered and baled ready to be made into new products.
They took part in a quiz to learn which items can go into a kerbside recycling bin and were told why it is so important to try to reduce or reuse as well as recycle.
They also watched a Wastebuster video explaining how waste is created and the process it goes through from the home to being recycled into new items.
As part of their environmental work at the school in Glamis Street, the pupils have been studying how to cut its use of water. They have also been weighing its food waste bins and encouraging their friends to have smaller portions to reduce leftovers.
Cllr Deborah Urquhart, the county council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I was delighted to meet the pupils and so encouraged to see them genuinely interested inhow they can help us to recycle more and waste less.”