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Children get animated over recycling message

17/06/14

Budding Aberdeen filmmakers saw their work receive the big screen treatment as part of a project promoting the recycling message.

Aberdeen City Council Zero Waste Management Sub-committee Convener Councillor Jean Morrison joined some of the young film makers, L-R, Keila Leithomas, Katelyn Clark,Sol Bewley-Lataix,Dawid Jezowski ,Liam Wemyss and at the front, Yasmin Benaissa. A series of animations created by local school children were given their premiere at the city's Belmont Filmhouse, Belmont Street, in front of a packed audience.

The short films look at various aspects of recycling and were created as part of a project involving Aberdeen City Council's Waste Aware team and the Reading Bus.

Primary five pupils from Gilcomstoun School chose to focus on repairing and recycling textiles for their film, while Riverbank's primary four class drew inspiration from recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment. Primary five/six pupils at Seaton focused on food waste recycling.

Aberdeen City Council Zero Waste Management Sub-committee Convener Councillor Jean Morrison attended the screening on 17 June and praised all involved.

She said: "I was delighted to join the pupils at the Belmont Filmhouse to see their very imaginative and informative films brought to life. I am sure they too would have taken great pleasure from seeing their hard work played out on the big screen.

"It is great to see children taking an interest in an issue as important as recycling and their enthusiasm for this project really shines through in the finished films.

"The animations focus on some of the fastest-growing but least commonly recycled waste streams in the country and the truth is all these items can be given a second life.

"Our own figures show that in 2013, we recycled 714 tonnes of textiles, 86 tonnes of food and 819 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This represents only a small fraction of the total waste we as a council recycled last year.

"Whether it's repairing or donating electronic devices, giving clothing and other textiles a second life or turning discarded food into compost, waste should be viewed as a resource and that is the message these animations bring to life."

Aberdeen City Council recycling officer Dawn Tatton worked closely with the schools and the Reading Bus during the animation project.

She said: "The animations project is always a great success and a lot of fun. In the past we have worked with schools to produce films focusing on more commonly recycled items like paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles.

"This time we wanted the schools to look at the less common materials and to use their animations to demonstrate the vast range of items that are accepted for recycling in Aberdeen.

"During the project we visited the participating schools several times, along with Reading Bus artist Kirsty Aitken and storyteller Grace Banks. Both Kirsty and Grace played a key role in helping the pupils develop their ideas for the animation into a working story.

"The children involved learned a great deal throughout this process, not just in terms of recycling but also about animation and storytelling and their finished work present the recycling message in a very informative and fun way."