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Olton school pupils have recycling lesson in renovated refuse lorry

Solihull Editorial 27th Mar, 2022   0

AN ECO-MINDED school had a special lesson on recycling and reducing waste in a converted refuse lorry.

Pupils at Langley Secondary School were visited by Dennis to the Rescue – a mobile classroom – as a thank you for all of the sustainability activity the school is involved in.

The pupils were given the chance to see the refuse lorry up close and while on board joined in an interactive lesson on the importance of recycling and reducing waste.

Representatives from Solihull Council’s environmental initiative ‘Love Solihull’, and Solihull Zero Wasters were also on hand to speak to the children, only adding to their unique learning experience.




The ‘Dennis to the Rescue’ mobile classroom is a collaboration between Skips Educational and Dennis Eagle, a leading refuse collection truck supplier who have been manufacturing in the Midlands since 1907.

The visit is the latest example of Langley School’s commitment to sustainability.


The Olton school is also participating in The Appliance Recycling Group Toy Amnesty, the Great British Spring Clean and once again planning to enter the Greener Solihull School Awards later in the year.

Langley School was also one of five Solihull schools which took part in the Schools vs Climate Change competition organised by Planet Super League which saw schools from across the country score green goals for their school by taking part eco activities.

The Solihull schools saved a combined 7,793 CO2e emissions, which is equivalent to planting 444 trees.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet portfolio holder for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, said: “The importance of educating young people, and them educating us about reducing waste and recycling, cannot be underestimated as they will deliver net zero in Solihull.

“Learning about recycling in such an interactive and hands-on environment helps drive behaviour change in a way that complements traditional classroom learning.

“The tips that Langley School students have picked up will translate into the home environment and they’ll be able to carry these values through to adulthood.

“I’d like to thank Skips Educational, Dennis Eagle, Love Solihull and Solihull Zero Wasters for their support in facilitating this fantastic learning event.”

Skips Educational said: “Skips Educational is a Social Enterprise that focuses on the crucial significance of people’s ‘right-to-know’ especially about environmental issues and how to keep children safe online.

“Our Dennis to the Rescue mobile classroom provides a wonderful learning experience and an exemplary example of our collaborative working with Dennis Eagle, and their social values.”

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