Year 5 pupils from Woodfield Primary School joined members of City of Wolverhampton Council’s Environmental Services team for the day to find out more about their work.
As part of their ‘How clean is your area?’ project, 74 youngsters visited the city centre to find out how Wolverhampton is looked after on a daily basis.
Pupils learned all about litter picking and removal of fly tipping as well as watching special sweepers and hoovers clean up litter and leaves.
They were also taught about the importance of putting rubbish in a bin and the fines people need to pay if they drop litter.
And eco-friendly dog Rex Reuse made a very special appearance to help the youngsters find out more about the importance of recycling.
Rex and his squad of Recycle Rovers are part of the council’s fun new education campaign which aims to help young people and their families learn more about what items they can and can’t recycle.
Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: “We are a busy city and so much work goes on behind the scenes to create a clean and welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
“What a great way for our young people to find out more about how the council works and to make sure they appreciate the importance of keeping their local area clean and tidy.
“As a city, we have hosted some very high profile events this year, not least the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with both the Queen’s Baton Relay and cycling time trial taking place here during the summer.
“Wolverhampton was on a truly global stage and our Environmental Services teams worked incredibly hard to make sure we were ready to present a city fit to be seen by the eyes of the world.”
Maya Holt, Deputy Headteacher at Woodfield Primary School, said: “At Woodfield we teach our children that Geography is not only about the study of places but also the relationships between people and their environments.
“Our Year 5 children are currently learning about climate change and pollution and as a school we always look for ways to make our curriculum relevant to our children so that they can see where they fit in and what their role is.
“Working with the Environmental Services team in Wolverhampton city centre is an exciting opportunity for our children to understand the impact of people on the environment and how they can make a difference.”