Rubbish-collecting film characters visited schoolchildren to encourage them to recycle.

More than 360 pupils at Camrose Primary School in Saint David’s Drive, Edgware, received a special visit from the Big Boxtrolls Bin, which is making its way to a number of schools across the country this week.

The visit was organised as part of the Big Boxtrolls Recycling Week Challenge, a partnership between Universal Pictures and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which will run until Friday, January 30.

The campaign challenged teachers and pupils to collect recycling and bring a cardboard box of rubbish into the school classroom.

Pupils were given the opportunity to get crafty with their cardboard box and other leftover materials to create their very own Boxtroll, before meeting the Boxtroll team during an assembly.

Kathie Sayer, pastoral support officer at Camrose Primary School said: "It was also great for the children to have something to relate to outside of school and to get all of the family involved.

“Having the Boxtrolls film coming to the forefront, it gave the children an excuse to think about recycling and our environment.”

Morgan Phillips, Keep Britain Tidy’s education manager added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Universal Pictures (UK) for The Big Boxtrolls Recycling Week Challenge to get recycling into the classroom and children talking to their families about it.”