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For a long time now, humans have been consuming more raw materials than our planet is able to replenish – and demand continues to grow. This means that natural reserves of raw materials are becoming scarcer and scarcer and some will even have run out by the end of this century. Yet raw materials are essential for our lives. They provide us with food, ensure we have light and heat and are needed to produce our everyday goods. We all know that our planet’s reserves of raw materials are limited and so we must learn to handle them in a sustainable way.
What exactly is a “raw material shortage”? What has it got to do with the collection of recyclables? It is precisely these questions that are at the core of our educational project, THE RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS. Launched just over a year ago, the project was developed together with experienced teaching specialists and is aimed at kindergarten and school children. Its goal is to make young people more aware of the subjects of recycling waste and the shortage of raw materials, teaching them the most important facts through fun and entertainment.
This year, the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS have extended the reach of their mission to save our raw materials and have gone on an “environmental tour” around the country. Stopping off at public events – such as the 19th Festival of the Environment in Berlin, the fairflair in Mülheim, the festival for children and teenagers in Stuttgart and the NRW Day in Bielefeld – the team of experienced teachers have been showing the children which recyclables belong in which bins and why it is so important to segregate waste. At the same time, the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS try to pass on the message to all those taking part that recyclable materials should be handled responsibly. The subject of recyclables is, therefore, looked into in detail using fun and creative activities.
The aim of the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS is to make people more aware about the need to recycle, save our raw materials and prevent climate change.
The RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ circus tent is the place where it all happens. Whether it be a wall building activity, a creative recyclables stand, a recyclables race, the com-pany’s RECYCLING KIDS board game, films about recycling or a singing workshop – everything has been developed especially for children and fits together and complements each other perfectly.
Lutz Wedegärtner, branch manager of REMONDIS Berlin, was delighted by the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ event in Berlin: “The wide range of activities put on in the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ tent was perfect for families with kids. Everyone was attracted by the mixture of games, workshops and infotainment: the children could take part in the games and learn about the importance of segregating waste and the adults were also able to ask any questions they had about the shortage of raw materials and recycling.”
The Berlin branch also took a close look at the “RECYCLING KIDS” board game during the 19th Festival of the Environ-ment in Berlin. Developed by REMONDIS, this award-winning game is great fun to play and teaches children how to separate household waste. The Berlin branch is now planning to introduce the board game to schools in Berlin to continue this mission to save our planet’s raw materials. The RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS’ tour around Germany has proven to be a hit with children and adults alike and it has, without a doubt, achieved its goal of making the visitors more aware of the environment.