PLATTSMOUTH – A group of interested spectators on Tuesday learned that recycling can be… well, child’s play.
Students from St. John the Baptist School and Plattsmouth Elementary School were treated to a fun and comical show about recycling by experts in the field.
“I have performed as a professional circus clown for 40 years,” said Richard Renner. “I’ve been doing this (recycle show) for 20 years.”
Renner came from his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas as a guest of “Keep Cass County Beautiful” to celebrate America’s Recycle Day.
He came up with an invention called the Recyclanator. This is a machine that he claimed could turn ordinary household items into new uses.
“I’m more of a recycling cheerleader than a teacher.
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Addressing a young audience, he stresses that recycling is good for the environment as well as the economy.
“Before you throw it away, I want you to think, ‘Is it possible to recycle it?'”
During the 45-minute show at each school, Renner performed a variety of comedy routines and conveyed the important message that many everyday items can be recycled and reused.
Renner had no shortage of hands up when he asked for volunteers in his routine.
His routine included the 3 Rs of recycling: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Renner created a fourth R.
“Rebuy. Check to see if anything you buy is made of recyclable materials.”
Renner’s appearance was made possible by a state grant awarded to KCCB, said KCCB executive director Dana Stahl.
“This is a non-traditional way of teaching students to recycle,” she said. “They are learning while having fun.”
She hopes to bring him back to perform at schools in other areas in the future, Stahl said.