CHILDREN in Reading will take part in workshops on the sustainable disposal of food packaging as part of a study by the University of Reading.
From Monday, November 14, a team of researchers will work with primary schools in the municipality to find out what children in key stage 2, aged 7 to 11, already know and to teach them to recognize different types of packaging and recycling. properly.
The project, led by Dr Stella Lignou, is part of EIT Food, a European community of researchers studying all stages of food production and consumption.
This initiative is also supported by Reading Borough Council and waste management partnership, re3.
Dr Lignou said: “I want to see all families get into the habit of checking labels and symbols on packaging before throwing something in the recycling box.
“I hope the children we work with will go home and take ownership of waste management, while educating their own families on how to dispose of food packaging in a sustainable way.”
The first workshop will allow students to familiarize themselves with the different types of food containers and packaging and the appropriate and inappropriate ways to recycle them.
They will receive a food and drink bag containing items such as bottled water, a cheese snack, crackers and a carton of orange juice with a straw.
Every day, for a week, each child will be invited to choose an item to open and consume if they wish. He will then note the packaging concerned and the way in which it was disposed of.
Following the week of journal entries, children will participate in a second workshop where researchers will assess how much their knowledge has improved.
Dr Lignou added: “Children are the future. They need to be equipped to live in a changing world where sustainable packaging disposal will become increasingly important as natural resources dwindle.
“We also know that children can be good at nagging their parents to do better, so we expect the impacts to go far beyond those who attend the workshops.”
Primary reading schools interested in participating in future workshops are invited to contact: [email protected]