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Edna helps youngsters learn about recycling

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COPELAND Council has been helping school pupils in Egremont find out more about recycling.

The council's Recycling Officer, Jan Boniface, visited Bookwell School with Edna the Recyclephant - the council’s recycling mascot created from recyclable plastic and cans.

Jan said: "The children loved meeting Edna and I really enjoyed talking to them about recycling and waste minimisation.

"Although only a baby elephant, Edna can seem quite big to younger children - so they were surprised when I told them she contains just three to four weeks worth of plastic and tins from an average family."

The youngsters learned why we recycle and what happens to our recycling. Just as importantly, Jan spoke about various ways to reuse, upcycle, and create less waste in the first place.

Coun Steven Morgan, Copeland's Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said: "It's important to try to get people of all ages engaged with the need to reduce, reuse and recycle. These workshops, which the children really enjoy, are a great way to do that."

Jan will be meeting children at various schools in the near future, but still has spaces left. If you would like her to visit your school with Edna, please contact her at to discuss your requirements.

Find out more about Copeland Borough Council's recycling services here: