Schoolchildren got to recycle their rubbish first hand when they visited a busy waste recycling plant.
Year 4 pupils at Yarm Preparatory School spent a morning at J & B Recycling to learn what happens to waste.
Twenty three children brought their own bags of rubbish to recycle before watching them being weighed, sorted and packaged.
They also stood together on J & B’s weighbridge to calculate their combined weight as a class - a total of 840kg which is equivalent to 42,000 empty drinks cans.
Nine-year-old pupil Jonathan Oakley said: “I have learned a lot about recycling and it’s interesting to see what happens to our rubbish after we throw it away. There is a lot that happens.
“It’s made me think more about what we recycle at home and how we can help to cut down on waste.”
J & B Recycling, which is based in Hartlepool, recycles more than 100,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources. It has several contracts with schools across the North East and encourages pupils to visit its premises to learn more about recycling.
Yarm Preparatory School teacher Chris Davis said: “The Year 4 pupils have spent this term learning about the rubbish we produce at home and what happens to it.
“It’s really helpful for the children to come to a busy recycling facility to see first-hand all of the processes that are involved. We are grateful to J & B Recycling for inviting us here.”
Victor Ross, J & B Recycling’s Transport and Logistics manager, added: “We enjoy having the school trips here because it helps to educate the children about what is involved in waste management and why recycling is important.
“We are happy for any of our customers to come down to our facility to see how everything works.”