Start recycling at school

Get your school's recycling collected

If your school is not already recycling you can find information on how to do it and how it can benefit your school from the Recycle at school guide. Use the Online Recycling Information Service to follow to find what recycling services are available in your area, or check out the Recycle at Work database to find a local service provider. 

Position recycling points around your school

  • Have a recycling point in every room - don't forget non-teaching areas like the office, staff room and kitchen.
  • Put rubbish bins and recycling points together so it's as easy to recycle as it is to throw something away. 

Involve the right people

  • Get buy-in from your school management team.
  • Motivate teachers to lead by example: recycle as much as possible and encourage pupils to get involved.
  • Set up a rota for emptying the recycling points.
  • Ensure cleaning and support staff are informed and are aware of how important their role is. 

Raise awareness

For your recycling scheme to be successful, it is important for everyone in your school to know what to recycle and where to recycle it! Use awareness posters to encourage members of the school to recycle more and label recycling points and waste bins clearly to avoid the wrong things being put in the bins. 

Keep it going

  • Use your recycling scheme as an opportunity for real life learning.
  • Monitor your recycling scheme and investigate any reductions in recycling levels.
  • Give regular recycling reports at assemblies and display the information on the notice board to keep everyone informed and motivated.
  • Tell other people about successes, especially parents and the local press and praise all the teams involved. 

What's the latest recycling news?

Which areas are leading the way in recycling?  What are the big companies doing to reduce their waste?

Check out our News section
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