Ards and North Down Borough Council has access to a bespoke education vehicle that can be used with schools and other groups. The bus is staffed by a driver who is a qualified and experienced educator and can carry out a range of environmental activities and presentations.

The bus is shared with five other arc21 Councils so booking is essential.

Nursery Groups

The programme focus is on ‘rubbish’ and the problems it can create. Includes a short interactive talk, a reading of a story book and a practical activity or game. Examples of these include composting or seed planting, junk art and a ‘sort it out’ game.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

An interactive presentation on the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle designed to show children the problems waste can cause within the world. Also includes information on current recycling schemes, what goes in each bin and what happens to the materials collected. Can be followed up with a practical activity or game:

Tetra Pak activity - Children make and decorate purses, wallets and handbags from empty tetra packs (juice and milk cartons). This fun activity is designed to encourage children to see waste as a valuable and reusable material.
Composting activity – Using compost made from materials collected in the Brown Bins in the Ards and North Down Borough area, children can make small pots from newspaper and plant seasonal seeds.
Sort it out – An energetic game for children- race to sort waste into the correct bins.
Junk art – Children can create mosaics, robots, musical instruments and anything else creative from various pieces of rubbish.

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

A more detailed interactive presentation on waste management and the 3R’s. Includes detail on current recycling schemes, processes used to recycle material and end products achieved. Also covers current waste management infrastructure in N. Ireland, meeting targets and discussions on if the current waste model is sustainable. Talks can be followed by a practical activity such as a litter pick, junk art or a quiz.

For further information on our education programme or to book a talk or activity, please contact recycling, on 0300 013 3333 option 3, or email