Epic Repic Reporter

This month, Irk Valley children are interviewing their teacher about her recycling habits.

Yes. I would suggest separating everything into the correct bin. For example, separate the tins and foil from the paper and card. That way you won’t accidentally mix up the recycling when you take it away.

Because if we keep throwing everything away, eventually we will run out of some of those materials. We don't have an infinite supply of metals! By re-using them, we can make sure future generations has access to them and they can keep using them in their electricals too!

Definitely. I think it's really important to recycle and to help the environment. If we all play our part in helping, the earth will be a much better place.

Did you know that, *22,000 tonnes of batteries from our home are sent to landfill? That’s the same weight as 3,666 Tyrannosaurus Rex’s, and these small items could be more harmful than you think.
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Batteries have hazardous metals inside them such as lead, mercury and cadmium. If batteries are not recycled properly they are sent to landfill where they can breakdown and leak, which could harm the environment and wildlife.

The first battery with chemicals inside was invented over 200 years ago in 1800 by a woman called Alessandro Volta. Since then, batteries have changed a little but we all continue to use them every day. On average every person in the UK uses about 10 batteries each year and each year we dispose of about 600 million batteries.

So far only 35% of those batteries from our homes are recycled - but did you know that 95% of a battery can be recycled?
You can drop off your old batteries in lots of places such as schools, shops, supermarkets, garages and even in libraries and town halls. This year, the UK, and other countries in Europe, have a target to recycle 45% of all batteries sold.

By recycling batteries and encouraging your friends and family to recycle too, you can help the UK to achieve this target – plus if batteries are recycled properly they can be taken apart and used to make something new, even a new battery!