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Recycling for schools

Recycling in schools can make a huge contribution to recycling efforts and help the UK meet its goals, help the economy and protect the environment as well as help raise extra funds for your school.

How much does your school waste?

Before setting up a recycling system it's a good idea to find out what your school is currently throwing away. An audit of your waste is a great way to get an understanding of how much of each type of material your school throws away:

  • where does your school produce most of its waste?
  • how much waste does your school produce?
  • what types of waste is produced?

Involving pupils, staff and parents in setting up and running your recycling scheme is essential to ensure the scheme works successfully.

Activity lesson plans - this activity can be used to help set up a new recycling scheme, or to identify ways to improve an existing one. 

How to get started

Starting a recycling project in school is an excellent way to help children and young people to understand they have an active part to play in reducing rubbish.

There are a number of recycling programmes that can be set up, some of which can help raise money for your school. The materials at school that are more likely to be recycled are:

  • mixed paper and card
  • bottles
  • cans
  • food waste

The following can also be recycled:

Working Out Waste

Working Out Waste - a Key Stage 2 waste and recycling resource pack specific to Slough. The pack has been written as part of the Keep Slough Green and Tidy campaign in conjunction with Groundwork South and funded by the Norlands Foundation and Ernest Cook Trust. Working Out Waste contains 17 lesson plans and activities covering composting, waste, recycling and citizenship, linking to literacy, maths, science, music and PSHE, as well as healthy schools and ecoschools programmes.

The pack also contains information about recycling at home and in school, and details of Slough contacts and groups related to waste and recycling.

Slough Schools Working Out Waste - Key Stage 2

Lakeside Education Programme

Lakeside Energy from Waste has developed a schools education programme which provides free KS2 trips to this amazing facility in Colnbrook. Targeted at eco schools and/or school councils, the education sessions provide the opportunity to build real life experiences into cross curricular work on recycling, energy and waste. Free transport provided.

For further information please contact

Lakeside Energy from Waste School Education Programme.

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