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Play time lessons for Moray pupils on recycling

Press release   •   Oct 22, 2015 11:42 BST

Youngsters in schools all over Moray have been given acting lessons on how to dispose of household waste responsibly.

The Elgin-based Out of the Darkness Theatre Company joined forces with Moray Council’s waste management section to stage a short play on recycling and how to make proper use of different coloured wheelie bins.

The show – featuring four actors from the theatre company and life-sized cut-out wheelie bins – toured all of the area’s primary schools in the run-up to the autumn break.

It was devised as part of the council’s ongoing campaign to educate the younger generation about the benefits of reducing waste and increasing recycling rates ever further.

Moray Council is already one of the leading Scottish local authorities in terms of recycling and hopes the joint initiative with Out of the Darkness will help instil the merits of recycling in the minds of residents from a young age.

Councillor John Cowe, who chairs Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure services committee, said: “I saw one of the performances for myself at a primary school in Elgin and I thought it was extremely good.

“It was presented in a way that the children understood and could relate to and certainly got across the message about the importance of recycling to the environment.

“It is very important that people get into the recycling mindset from an early age and this type of theatrical performance will help to achieve that.”

Lee Cruickshank, who was involved in scripting the play for Out of the Darkness, said it had gone down well with the young audiences across Moray.

“The pupils not only understood what the play was saying about waste management, recycling and the environment, we know that many of them took that message home to pass on to their parents and other family members, which is very encouraging.”

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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