MORE than 150 Year-5 pupils from St Keyna Primary School, Chandag Primary School and Saltford Church of England Primary School are learning about the recycling of electronic equipment thanks to workshops being hosted at the Keynsham Recycling Hub.

A series of five workshops are being held for three primary schools in the Saltford and Keynsham area that have been fully funded by Valpak, a waste management and recycling service that partners with Bath & North East Somerset Council to remove and recycle electrical and electronic equipment.

The sessions are being run by waste education officers from the council’s waste team alongside the play team from Children’s Scrapstore, a charity in Bristol dedicated to helping businesses divert reusable waste away from landfill/energy recovery to help improve art and play opportunities for children, young people and adults.

During one of the workshops, the Chandag Primary School pupils learned how to sort materials according to their properties and were tasked with placing items such as milk cartons, tin cans, spectacles, batteries and clothes in the correct recycling containers. They also learned how to identify and recycle electrical products.

Windows in the ‘classroom’ meant the pupils could watch the waste collection vehicles coming in and out of the Keynsham site and a televised feed enabled them to watch the recycling line in the MRF (materials recovery facility) as waste items were sorted.

The second part of the workshop was led by Children’s Scrapstore. Pupils learned how waste can be reused to create new items and were challenged to create something using an old phone handset and various scrap materials including pipe cleaners and buttons.

Councillor Paul May, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I want to thank Valpak for sponsoring these events and giving more than 150 children an opportunity to visit the recycling centre and learn about the benefits of recycling and how they can re-use unwanted items. I would also like to thank the council’s waste project team and Children’s Scrapstore play team for running such a creative session that was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It is great to be hosting workshops in our new Keynsham Recycling Hub.”

The session for Chandag Primary School was run to align with KS2 Science objectives and one of the key learnings was to be able to identify an electronic product and know that can be recycled. A homework sheet was provided to help pupils share their new learning with their wider family.  

James Nash, Commercial Manager at Valpak, said: “We are delighted to support this program. Instilling knowledge and fostering recycling habits through initiatives like this is of utmost importance for the environment as a whole. In turn, we express our gratitude for the significant efforts undertaken by the council to make this happen, and we eagerly anticipate a continued partnership”

The scrap materials used in the workshop are safe surplus stock collected directly by the Children’s Scrapstore from local businesses and industry. You can find out more about the Scrapstore on their website: