Thanet District Council has launched a new educational booklet which is available to all local schools in the area and highlights the importance of recycling and looking after the environment.
The booklet was presented to children at St Laurence Junior School during a dedicated recycling session run by the Council’s Environmental Educational Officer.
The ‘Recycle for Thanet and Save Our Planet’ booklet contains fun activities for children to take part in, as well as using engaging pictures and tips to educate them on the importance of recycling at home, why recycling is important for the planet, plus how they can make a difference.
The booklet also features the council’s three recycling mascots which were all designed by pupils from across the district following a primary school competition. Two of the mascots – Mr Trasher designed by Scott Rooney from Cliftonville Primary School and Barry the Brilliant Bin, designed by Bella Rowe from St Laurence College – can already be seen on the council’s suite of mechanical road sweepers. The latest mascot ‘Captain Climate’, designed by Molly Whitnall, a pupil at St Laurence Junior School, is featured on the council’s brand new refuse truck.
The dedicated recycling sessions delivered by the council’s education officer involve props and interactive games to highlight how we recycle specifically in Thanet, how this relates to the rest of our planet and the consequences of global warming. It also covers the impact of litter on marine life, the problems with dog fouling and the different initiatives the council runs to improve the environment we live in, for example, FIDO (our dog waste removal machine).
Another initiative launched by the council for the summer months is #2 Minute Beach Clean. The idea is to encourage any beach users to spare two minutes to carry out their own beach clean, and also act as a reminder that looking after our beaches is everyone’s responsibility!
These stations are all around the main beaches – giving everyone a chance to join in on their own quick clean up!
The Beach station ‘A’ frames provide the equipment required – plastic bags and a litter picker – as well as important information on keeping safe whilst cleaning, before returning the equipment. Residents and visitors are also asked to donate any old carrier bags to the stations and help keep them stocked up for the next person to use. A beach business, bay inspector or responsible person looks after the stations and ensures they are used correctly.
On finishing the beach clean, people are encouraged to take a quick image of the litter they collect and share it on social media to help spread the anti-litter message and show the good work that they are doing! as the campaign hashtag is #2minutebeachclean and #ThanetCoast
2 Minute Beach Stations can be found at the following beaches during the main summer season:
- Minnis Bay, Birchington
- West Bay, Westgate
- St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate
- Westbrook, Margate
- Margate Main Sands (x2)
- Margate Harbour (Visitor Informatin Centre)
- Walpole Bay, Cliftonville
- Palm Bay (Sacketts Gap c/o Jet Ski World)
- Joss Bay, Kingsgate
- Stone Bay, Broadstairs
- Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs
- Ramsgate Main Sands
By educating younger residents, environmental talks and encouraging activities such as beach cleans, the council is making some really positive steps forward to ensuring Thanet is the clean and welcoming environment we all want to see.
Schools who would like to request copies of the booklet or a dedicated environmental lesson, should contact the Environmental Education Officer at Thanet District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org.