Magna project shortlisted for national recycling award

12 April 2016

Children at the launch of the 'It's A Rubbish Adventure' at Magna in 2014A project at Magna that encouraged children to recycle has proven to be anything but rubbish after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

“It’s a Rubbish Adventure”, a joint project between the visitor attraction; Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership, and Shanks, has been named as a finalist in the Communications category at the MRW National Recycling Awards.

The awards, organised by Materials Recycling World, recognise excellence and innovation in recycling and resource management in the waste industry.

It’s a Rubbish Adventure ran at Magna for a year between 2014 and 2015 and lifted the lid on what happens to waste after it is thrown away. Over 3,500 seven to 11 year olds from schools across South Yorkshire took part in workshops which helped them learn about how rubbish is treated and recycled.

Along with their teachers and families, they used specialist equipment like electromagnets and air blowers to learn about the engineering processes involved with recycling the rubbish at the Manvers Waste Treatment Facility in Rotherham, which is a partnership between Shanks and SSE on behalf of BDR Waste Partnership.  

Engineers from Shanks worked with Magna to deliver the workshops, which were also designed to get children excited about engineering and consider it as a career choice.

It’s a Rubbish Adventure was supported by a grant of £28,000 from The Royal Academy of Engineering, as part of a public education scheme.

Stuart Ballard, Magna’s education manager, said: “We’re delighted that the project has been nominated for this award.

“Some 340,000 tonnes of rubbish are thrown away in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham each year, so it’s important that young people learn the importance of recycling, and how it all works.

“We really enjoyed hosting and helping to deliver the workshops and were delighted with the numbers of children and their families we engaged with, who realised that learning about rubbish can be fun.”

The winners of the MRW National Recycling Awards will be announced in July at a ceremony in London.  


Notes to editor

Attached photographs shows Stuart Ballard, education manager at Magna, and children at the launch of the project at Magna in 2014.

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