Council launch environmental booklet for local schools

Thanet District Council has launched a new educational booklet which highlights the importance of recycling across Thanet and is available to all local schools in the area.

The first sets of booklets were presented to children at St Laurence Junior School during a dedicated recycling session run by the Council’s Environmental Educational Officer.

The ‘Recycle for Thanet and Save Our Planet’ booklet comprises of fun activities for children to take part in, as well as using engaging pictures and tips to educate them on the importance of recycling at home, why recycling is important for the planet, as well as how they can make a difference.

It also features the council’s three recycling mascots which were all designed by pupils from across the district. Two of the mascots – Mr Trasher and Barry the Bin - can already be seen on the council’s suite of mechanical road sweepers. The latest mascot ‘Captain Climate’, designed by Molly Whitnall (age 9) and a pupil at St Laurence Junior School, is scheduled to appear on new refuse trucks set to arrive next month.

The dedicated recycling sessions involve props and interactive games to highlight how we recycle specifically in Thanet, and the different initiatives the council runs to improve the environment we live in, for example: #2 minute beach cleans and FIDO (dog waste removal machine).

Gavin Waite, Director of Operational Services at Thanet District Council, said: “Recycling rates in Thanet are improving, especially in relation to food waste. This is an encouraging sign and shows that residents increasingly understand the importance of separating their waste and recycling responsibility, thereby reducing negative impacts on the environment. By educating our younger residents with these new booklets and proactively approaching local schools to run dedicated recycling sessions, we’re making some really positive steps forward to ensuring Thanet is the clean and welcoming environment we all want to see.” 

Schools who would like to request copies of the booklet, or a dedicated environmental lesson, should contact: Jasmin Rose, Educational Officer at Thanet District Council via

St Laurence School Pic

Class 6S from St Laurence Junior School at the booklet launch

St Laurence School Launch

TDC Environmental Education Officer, Jasmin Rose (left) with Molly Whitnall, designer of 'Captain Climate'.

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