ABOUT 560 students were at Blackbutt Reserve on Tuesday to see former NRL star and Footy Show host Beau Ryan help Shellharbour Council launch its new recycling program.
The new initiative targets litter disposal at Shellharbour's sports fields.
"The vast number of services provided by local government benefits everyone in the community in a range of ways," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.
"This event celebrates the broad scope of projects and activities that form part of Council's services that are most relevant to our younger residents," Cr Saliba said.
Children from five schools in Shellharbour joined in activities including environmental workshops, road safety, interactive storytelling, building a beach, pool safety, an 'archaeological' dig, art projects, crime prevention and youth services activities.
Mr Ryan, who lives in the Shellharbour municipality, surprised the students with a visit to launch the Game Day Waste Program recycling campaign and invited students to participate in competitions involving waste education.
The program aims to divert 90 per cent of waste generated at sport events by diverting all recyclable materials from the red waste bin into the yellow bin in the Shellharbour City area.
The campaign, called ‘Beau Knows Where it Goes’ will be highlighted on bin signage that accompanies his image to encourage people to place rubbish in the correct bins at events and sports competitions.
"The key message of waste disposal in our city is to 'choose the right bin', and this new message will help to remind people that it's not just about recycling at home, but when you are out as well," she said.