School’s Waste Education

We are able to offer Warwickshire schools:

  • assemblies and workshops on rubbish, recycling and composting.
  • free loan of literacy resources and recycled musical instruments.

Reduce at school

Start composting!

Composting is a great way to reduce your schools waste. You can compost fruit peelings, vegetable peelings, tea bags, egg shells, shredded paper, pencil shavings and small amounts of paper towels and cardboard like egg boxes and toilet roll centres.

For more information on how your school can start composting log onto Recycle Now.

In many areas Master Composters are available to help get the scheme started.

Waste free lunch challenge

A large percentage of the waste that schools produce comes from lunchtime.

Start a challenge to create as little rubbish as possible. Whoever makes the least rubbish wins!

Waste Free Lunch (PDF, 118.32 KB)

Top tips for reducing waste at school

On average, a third of schools waste is made up of paper. Take a look at the document below to find out how you can reduce your waste

Reducing Waste Tips (PDF, 62.76 KB)

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Reuse at school

Many schools are excellent at reusing items, particularly in arts and crafts lessons.

Top tips for reusing at school

  • Hold a recycled fashion show.
  • Use scrap magazines and paper to create displays.
  • Shred your paper and give it to children with pets.
  • Alternatively compost your shredded paper.
  • Ask parents to donate old paint and create mosaics and murals.
  • Hold a create a rubbish monster/alien competition.
  • Create a uniform, toy or book swap shop.
  • Refill toner cartridges or donate old ones to Guide Dogs for the Blind for refilling.
  • Have a scrap paper tray for every classroom and office.
  • Office reuse envelopes for internal post or re label.

Recycled resources

Use the WEAVE Creative Recycling Resource for schools, pre-schools, further education and community groups. They actively source materials that can be used reused for all types of art purposes.

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Recycle at school

Recycling collection

60% of the average school’s waste is paper, by recycling you can reduce your waste dramatically.

The facilities available for schools to recycle differ in different areas and depending upon who collects your normal rubbish. For more details on what you can recycle in your area contact your local district or borough council.

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Recycle and raise money!

There are many organisations that will give money for your school donating mobile phones, printer cartridges and textiles for recycling, so get fund-raising today!

Donate old ones printer cartridges to Guide Dogs for the Blind for refilling.

Bags2Schools collect textiles for recycling, including clothing, bedding, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. Your school is then paid per kilo for all textiles collected. There is no storage and the company provides the bags. Textiles make up 12% of landfill sites so do your bit for the environment and make some money for school funds.

Battery Back will provide a containers and collection for batteries free of charge.

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Waste education resources

Recycle Now have information and advice on recycling in schools along with a Learning Resources Database to help for you find useful waste education resources.

Recycle now Schools – Activities & teaching resources for Key Stages 1 & 2.

Recycle now Schools – Teaching resources for Key Stage 3 Citizenship

For more information or advice on waste education or to hire any of the resources contact the Waste Projects Team

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School’s Waste Education was last updated on June 13, 2017.


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