Waste is one of the nine Eco-Schools topics and a vital area to address to improve sustainable practice.
There are many waste related things that schools can do to reach Eco-Schools awards, which involve children of all ages.
Waste initiatives should usually follow steps to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle waste. As well as being a good way to improve waste management, this is a great way to teach pupils about how to deal with our waste sustainably.
Some ideas you may like to consider are:
- Composting at school – a form of recycling
- Improving your recycling service where possible. This could include expanding recycling collections to incorporate batteries, textiles, inkjet cartridges, mobile phones and bottle tops (which can provide revenue for the school).
- Waste audits – as part of conducting an environmental review and to monitor progress.
- Internal campaigns to encourage recycling through the Eco-Team (including posters, monitors and talks in assembly).
- ‘Waste free lunch days’ where you focus on reducing both food waste and packaging waste (from packed lunches). As well as speaking to pupils and parents before the event, weighing the lunch time waste before the event and on the event day will show the impact made.
- Swap events to reuse uniform, books and games.
- Making things creatively from used materials.
- Visits to waste facilities eg recycling centres and waste processors.
Other activities and case studies from Eco-Schools can be found on both the Eco-Schools website and the Pod website. Don’t forget you can contact your local Green Flag Ambassador school for advice too.
For a range of lessons to help combine litter topic with the curriculum visit the Eco-Schools website
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