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Recyclabots: Encouraging the next generation to play their role in a more sustainable future

Are you a parent, teacher or community leader passionate about nurturing the next generation of recyclers and protecting the environment long term?

EMR has released the brand new Recyclabots e-learning platform, designed to educate children in Key Stage 2 (7 to 11-years-olds) about the different properties of metals, how they are recycled and how responsibly disposing of metals and electronics can contribute to a cleaner, greener future.

“As a global leader in sustainable materials, EMR takes its role in promoting the sustainable recycling of metals both at home, at school and in thousands of businesses around the globe, extremely seriously,” says Ian Sheppard, Managing Director at EMR. “Recyclabots is a fun, educational way to ensure this work continues in the decades ahead, empowering young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be the recyclers of tomorrow.”

Recyclabots is a partnership between EMR and electrical retailer Currys. Launched in 2019, EMR and Currys have now relaunched the programme as a popular e-learning platform that can be delivered at home.

A cast of animated robots from the planet Metallum represent the main recycled metals. Characters include: Sycle (Aluminium), Electro (Copper), Magnus (Iron), Oretis (Nickel) and Poly (Plastic).

In addition to providing some key facts about the most widely used metals, the Recyclabots characters emphasise that most metals can be recycled many times over, further underlining the sustainability benefits of metal recycling.

The e-learning platform has been developed by animators that have worked for the likes of Disney and has been tried and tested by teachers. It can be used in schools as well as in Scout groups, Guides, Brownies and at home.

The updated Recyclabots resources include lesson plans, worksheets and stickers as well as an interactive video which includes a wealth of facts about recycling and protecting the environment. These include:

  • In the United Kingdom, a car is recycled every twelve seconds.
  • Every year, 155,000 tonnes of electrical equipment is thrown into the bin – even though it can be recycled. This is roughly the same weight as 95,000 cars or 25,000 African elephants.

“While most people know that paper, glass and many plastics can be recycled, they are a lot less certain about how metals and electronic products can be sustainably recycled,” says Ian. “Recyclabots is about giving young people that knowledge early so that they can help encourage parents and schools to be better recyclers and – even more importantly – to be ready for the sustainable, circular economy that the UK must quickly transition to.”

For those interested in delivering the Recyclabots programme in their school, youth group or at home, EMR has launched a dedicated webpage which provides information about downloading the interactive video and how to access the accompanying learning resources.

“EMR has a goal of becoming a fully net zero business by 2040 but that mission doesn’t stop at the gates of our state-of-the-art facilities. To really play our part in increasing recycling rates and decarbonising our industry we must work closely with the communities in which we operate,” says Ian. “Recyclabots is just the latest chapter in this journey and I’m excited to track the impact it will have.”