19 March 2010

School pupils will see how any old piece of junk can become a musical instrument when percussion band – Big Beat – drop by this month.

Organised by the Northamptonshire Waste Education Team, a Northamptonshire Waste Partnership project, the sessions aim to raise awareness of the type of items that get thrown out and how they can be put to creative use.

The sessions, where photo opportunities are possible, take place at:

  • Huxlow Science College, Irthlingborough – Monday, March 22, 1.20pm to 3pm.
  • Weavers School, Wellingborough – Wednesday, March 24, 11am to 11.50am.
  • Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton – Thursday, March 25, 9.10am to 11.10am.

Cllr Heather Smith, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for environment, growth and transport, said: “One of the main challenges we face is reducing the amount of waste which goes to landfill and getting across the importance of the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling.

“Sessions like this are excellent in that they are great fun for all involved but in addition they help to convey some important messages on how we can reduce our impact on the environment.”

Cllr Chris Millar, chairman of Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “Big Beat have visited our schools previously and proved to be enormously popular and successful in raising important environmental issues.

“It’s essential that this generation learns the importance of reducing our impact on the environment and this is an excellent, creative way of doing just that.”

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership is comprised of Northamptonshire County Council and the seven districts and boroughs in the county.

For more information on reducing, reusing and recycling please go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk For more information on Big Beat, then go to www.biggestbeat.com