The recycling project is designed to educate and encourage children to recycle
An electrical and electronic waste company based in Lancashire has initiated a recycling project amongst primary school children across the country, as they work together to author a WEEE recycling manual designed to educate young people on the importance of recycling their electronics.
The handbook, titled ‘Responsible Recycling’, has been passed from primary school to primary school across the UK and follows the adventures of R3PIC, a robot made up of recycled electronics, and the mascot of REPIC Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, the Bury-based company behind the project.
Year 3 and 4 pupils from each school have the opportunity to write a chapter each, detailing the imaginative recycling adventures of R3PIC. The story is now being completed by pupils in Bradford and Solihull before it goes off to be produced into an illustrated edition later this year.
As part of the ‘Responsible Recycling’ project, Bury Council’s recycling awareness officer, Talat Afzal, visited the schools involved to speak to the children about recycling and how it is an essential process to help save our environment.
WEEE waste firm, REPIC, launched the project in an effort to educate young people as they are now surrounded by an increasing amount of electronic equipment and gadgets.
Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of REPIC, told BuryTimes.co.uk: “The main aim of the campaign is to educate children on recycling issues from a young age. Children are the ambassadors of the future for recycling and are key in spreading the message to parents and carers.”
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Groundbreaking electronic waste facility to open in Hong Kong
The cutting-edge e-waste facility is being developed by ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong, which is part of the German ALBA Group, and is forecasted to recycle around 56 million tonnes of electronic waste every year.
ALBA IWS celebrated the commencement of building work at their Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility on January 21 and were joined by officials from the Environmental Protection Department and the Hong Kong government.
The facility is being constructed at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun and is being funded by the Hong Kong government to tackle the problem of increasing e-waste; Hong Kong creates an estimated 70 million tonnes of electronic waste each year. The Hong Kong Government and ALBA IWS have signed a contract which stipulates that the latter must build and operate the facility and provide a collection service throughout Hong Kong until 2027.
Mr. WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment. “Key partners of this joint venture include ALBA … and IWS, a recyclable collector rooted in Hong Kong. We are confident that with their extensive experience in the environmental industry, they will be able to proactively source regulated e-waste within the community for proper treatment at the facility…”
The WEEE Treatment and Recycling Facility will employ over 280 people from the local area. The workers will sort through all the electronic waste that is collected by the facility and separate any electronic goods that are considered usable from those that are to be broken up for their materials and parts. Any e-waste that is considered toxic will be handled in a controlled environment that will meet all health and safety regulations.
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