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Last Updated: Monday, 14 March, 2005, 12:30 GMT
Magic promotes recycling message
A magic show is helping children in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) to learn about battery recycling.

From Monday, demonstrations are being staged at 10 schools in the district by magical entertainers, Ace of Diamonds.

Pupils will see how battery recycling allows valuable metals like zinc and cadmium to be recovered and used again rather than being thrown away.

Household batteries are one of 13 items that can be recycled through the council's weekly green box collection.

'Messy show'

Councillor Rosemary Todd, Executive Member for Sustainability and the Environment, said: "Children learn best when they are having fun and using magic is an ideal and memorable way to show them the value of the materials they recycle."

The tricks are performed by Colin Dymond, who is based in Gloucestershire.

"It's a visual and messy show, we talk about what happens when batteries go onto landfill sites. I do a frog puppet that is made ill by toxins and chemicals," he said.

"It's about keeping the planet clean for us and wildlife and future generations."

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