More than 1,000 pupils at 9 of the borough's primary schools have received a fun and engaging lesson in how important it is to recycle properly, thanks to a team from Thurrock Council and a special mobile classroom built into a waste truck.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "These fun interactive lessons are a great way to let young children know just how important recycling is and teach them the best way that they can recycle waste themselves.
"This not only helps a generation of young people grow up with the habit of recycling, they will also take the lessons they have learned home and teach their parents and grandparents how to recycle properly.
"Officers from our waste team and Essex Wildlife Trust spoke to children about the impact waste can have on the environment and how they can help play a key role in cutting waste and making sure as much of it is recycled as possible.
"The mobile classroom is a fantastic way to engage pupils and help make sure lessons are both fun and informative."
The lessons took place between 3 October and 14 October as a part of the Oceans Together Forum. The mobile classroom was supplied by Dennis Eagle UK. The project was supported by Ahern Waste Management and Recycling Services, who funded an education officer and provided the council with a driver for the mobile classroom.
Photo below: staff from Thurrock Council recycling team and Woodside Academy, with the mobile classroom.