Leicestershire-based recycling company Casepak recently welcomed 10 student teachers to the Education Room at its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
The students are currently undertaking a one year primary postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at The University of Leicester and were encouraged to visit the Casepak MRF by Leicester City Council to see the facility in action as an example of recycling best practice.
The PGCE students were the first student teachers to visit the MRF in a bid to see how they would be able to incorporate recycling, the 3Rs and a visit to the MRF into lesson plans for primary school children. The students took a tour of the facility and following the visit devised lesson plans including how recycling initiatives can be introduced in the classroom.
The Casepak MRF is home to a dedicated Education Room which includes a viewing gallery where visitors are able to see how the MRF works from delivery of materials through to sorting and processing. Visitors will see the type of material that comes in, from household recycling collections, the processes used to separate the materials and what material can be turned into. In addition, full tours of the facility are conducted and the Education Room has an interactive whiteboard and character-based work sheets with recycling quizzes, specifically designed for younger visitors.
Senior Teaching Fellow at the University, Sue Millhouse said: “We all thought the efficiency and size of the MRF was amazing. Watching the procedures was just incredible. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly and we had a very constructive visit. We may well plan are planning to bring primary school students to visit in 2013 when we have our own class.”
Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the trainee teachers to our MRF. Our Education Room has been designed to show students how the MRF works first-hand and its current and future role in UK recycling technology. Working with teachers to help primary and secondary school children see exactly what their household recycling behaviours can achieve is so important. We are looking to develop our Education Room throughout 2013.”
Casepak operates the UK’s most technologically advanced MRF which came on stream in September 2011 and was officially launched in January 2012 by Lord Taylor. The £21 million facility has the capacity to process 150,000 tonnes of materials a year at a speed of 26 tonnes per hour, recovering 95% of the material processed as a resource.