Green kids visit recycling plant to learn about environmental issues

Lizzie Smith, a customer services executive from J and B Recycling with youngsters from St Begas School, who went to the plant to learn about recycling

Lizzie Smith, a customer services executive from J and B Recycling with youngsters from St Begas School, who went to the plant to learn about recycling

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A BUNCH of green schoolkids had a stinky but fun time at a visit to a recycling plant.

The youngsters from St Bega’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, on the Headland, Hartlepool, have been busy learning about environmental issues.

So in a bid to boost their knowledge of the topic, teachers at the school arranged for the year 6 pupils to pay a visit to J and B Recycling, in Thomlinson Road, Hartlepool.

Seventeen children – aged between 10 and 11 years old – took a bus ride to the plant with members of staff from the school.

And once there, they looked around the site and watched the process of waste coming in and how it is processed.

Teacher Claire McMurdo said they all had a fantastic time and learned a great deal from the trip.

She said: “In school we are working on a topic based on environmental issues so we went on a visit to J and B Recycling to see how important it is to recycle.They had a look around and watched a truck coming in dumping a load of waste. Then they saw how the rubbish is sorted and the end product, basically a big block of recycling.”

She added: “It was really stinky but they had a great time. They were surprised by how much waste comes from Hartlepool.”