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Schools Parliament gives recycling seal of approval

The teaching of recycling as part of mainstream lessons has been endorsed by elected representatives of the Liverpool Schools Parliament.

Young people spoke out and gave the practice their seal of approval following a presentation of a new educational initiative by Novelis.

The aluminium can recycler has developed Think Cans, a resource for schools which encourages the teaching of recycling by linking the subject to key areas of the National Curriculum including Science, Geography, Design Technology and Citizenship.

Novelis recycling marketing manager Diana Caldwell said: Every aspect of Think Cans has been developed with the aim of supporting the National Curriculum. Not only will pupils be making vital progress in their studies by using these interactive resources, they will also be developing a greater understanding of the importance of recycling.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to address the Liverpool Schools Parliament. These bright young people have been elected by their peers, so to hear them endorsing the project in this way is very rewarding. It gives us all hope for the future.

The initiative uses online games, video presentations and activity sheets to bring recycling alive, with Novelis working with 20 Liverpool secondary and primary schools to trial the resources.

After gaining a positive response from teachers and pupils alike, an invitation was extended to address the Liverpool Schools Parliament when it met at the town hall recently.

Caldwell added: The children were disappointed to learn that Liverpool is one of the poorest performing areas in the UK for recycling, so we see their enthusiasm for Think Cans as a very positive step towards changing the situation for the better.

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