Former teacher is spreading the recycling message

Nick King with the recycle bus that has been stopped due to cut backs.
Nick King with the recycle bus that has been stopped due to cut backs.

FORMER teacher Nick King will be helping to spread the recycling message throughout Cambridgeshire as AmeyCespa’s new education outreach officer.

Nick, from Manea, has joined the team for two days a week to expand on the education service already offered by AmeyCespa on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.

He is available to visit those primary and secondary schools which cannot visit the dedicated Education Centre at AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach Waste Management Park.

As part of his new role, Nick will be offering interactive sessions in assemblies, lessons or after-school clubs to support waste reuse and recycling across the county.

Nick joins existing Education Officer Mike Freed, who is also available one day a week to run recycling education outreach sessions. The pair, who have over 60 years of teaching experience between them, can also visit local community groups to hold talks.

Nick, who has previously spent 16 years working on Cambridgeshire County Council’s recycling bus, said: “We can tailor the activity and the content to the requirements of the school or group and we update our sessions all the time.

“In schools, the sessions are always tailored to the National Curriculum but the key thing is that we make them fun and interactive, as this helps youngsters better remember what they have learned. They will hopefully take the messages they have learnt home to their parents, resulting in improved recycling rates across the county.”

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is incredibly important to get the recycling message across to children and young people so they can understand the importance of reducing waste, the benefits of reuse and the influence they can have on their parents.

“This is key - for if children can take on board the recycling message then we as adults have no excuse to think hard about how we dispose of waste. Education is vital to this and it is great to see how the centre at Waterbeach is developing.”

The purpose-built Education Centre at Waterbeach is still open to schools and groups who would like to find out more about recycling and waste minimisation, and to see how the site operates.

The Education team is also running Christmas-themed ‘family drop-in sessions’ at the Waterbeach site on 19 and 20 December 2011, with a chance for families to come and learn about waste and recycling in a fun environment. The sessions will include practical activities such as making Christmas decorations and cards from recycled materials.

To find out more or to book your place, please call 01223 815490 or email Please note, children must be aged six or over to take part.