YOUNGSTERS had plenty of fun learning how to save the planet during a special recycling day.

Families flocked to the Paddocks on Canvey for the second free annual Rubbish Riot Day.

Kids took part in drumming workshops making instruments from packaging with the help of visiting performers Weapons of Sound.

Renowned illustrator Alan Case, who created Danger Mouse and the Little Princess, was also on hand to help youngsters draw their Garbage Guzzler cartoon strips.

Kids got the chance to customise their clothing and make jewellery and collages with bottle tops and plastic.

Sculptor Dave Taylor helped them make larger than life puppets. Ray Howard, chairman of the environment committee said: "It was outstanding.

"The volume of people who came along to participate broke last year's record.

"It just proves that people are taking recycling seriously."

Mum Elaine Mountford, 32, of Canvey, said: "It was a fantastic event.

"I was really surprised at how well the whole thing was organised.

"It was such fun for the kids and yet there was a message the whole way through it about recycling and being kind to the environment.

"My son Adam, who is seven, went along and had a wonderful time with his friends."