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Friedhelm Susok and Jürgen Schardt are heavily weighed down with large plastic bags as they enter the front of the gymnasium at Haldern Elementary School, which they have turned into a stage. “On the way to you, we collected everything that we found along the side of the road,”
says Friedhelm. The two begin to unpack the contents of their bags. When they finish, the floor of the gymnasium is strewed with tins and aluminium trays, a piece of styrofoam and a lemon, dried leaves and a used toothbrush. What is a raw material and recyclable here? These are the questions examined once again at the learning theatre THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS, whose performance is followed by 200 children from Haldern with bated breath.
Social pedagogue and entertainer Susok and co-moderator Schardt, who as Professor Schardt contributes useful facts throughout the 75-minute show, once again have the mission of training all the children into real “RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS” with their performance. Thanks to the animated robot, Robbi, who has been projected onto the big screen, the children quickly grasp what waste is to be collected in the recycling bin, the organic waste bin and the paper bin so that it can then be recycled, and what residue material is supposed to be placed in the residual waste bin and end up in the incineration plant. At the end of the learning theatre, the freshly appointed RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS are in agreement: “If we sort our rubbish, nothing bad can happen to the earth!”
The elementary school in Rees’ district of Haldern as well as the two nursery schools there joined together for the staging of THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS in Rees because they were above all convinced of the educational value of the project. This is because the REMONDIS educational project was developed by experienced social pedagogues especially for nursery schools, child-care centres and schools. Following the entertaining show by the two entertainers, the child-raisers and teachers moreover receive appropriate learning material on the topic of environmental education adapted to the age of the youngsters. The close collaboration with the pedagogues makes it possible for them to integrate the topic in the curriculum long term and individually. It was against the background of the need for environmental and climate protection recognised in the areas of policy-making, business and society and to secure sources of raw materials over the long term that THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS was created by REMONDIS in order to sensitise children and teenagers to this topic at an early age.
An interactive performance: a few impressions of the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ trip to Rees