Recently public interest in recycling has escalated, and environmental issues are built into the National Curriculum from an early stage.
Recycling is a common area of study in the classroom and falls under Education for Sustainable Development. It can include elements of science, such as materials and their properties, magnets, reversible and irreversible change, forces and so on. Looking at how materials are sorted and recycled can broaden the pupils' perspective of materials, how they are recycled and how they are used around the world.
Children rarely have an opportunity to visit waste management facilities but with the help of J&B Recycling the pupil or student can see how the principles of materials and physical science are applied in practice particularly at our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Our MRF uses a range of scientific principles on a large scale in order to automate the sorting and segregation of materials. These include relative mass, balanced and un-balanced forces, the effect of gravity and the refraction of light, magnetism etc.
Students from Kilton Thorpe Special School in Saltburn visited our MRF in 2011 and the organising teacher Chris Race stated in a letter to us "Many thanks for arranging our visit to the Recycling Centre. All the students really enjoyed this climax to our recycling project and benefited from the experience"