Reduce your paper use
Keep a scrap paper tray in each classroom and make sure both sides of the paper are used.
Recycle high grade paper
High grade paper is collected free of charge from schools by Reclamait Ltd. Classroom paper recycling bins are provided by the recycling team.
Switch to recycled paper
Although recycled paper is still slightly more expensive, if you can reduce your paper use then it may not cost any extra.
Refill plastic bottles
Instead of throwing away plastic cups, encourage students to bring a plastic bottle to school which can be refilled again and again.
Compost food waste
Your school can produce free quality compost from fruit waste, tea bags etc. Contact the recycling team for more information on setting up a school composting scheme.
Switch to rechargeable batteries
For every 10 charges, you have saved buying and throwing away 9 batteries. Replace batteries in remote controls etc with rechargeable.
All schools have been provided with battery collection points. Make sure everyone has easy access to the battery recycling tube and encourage students to bring in their used batteries from home.
Set up an Eco-Team
Students can help to raise awareness and monitor waste and recycling throughout the school. Ecos can also help to monitor litter and waste free lunch activities.
Run a waste audit
It is difficult to make measured improvements without knowing how much rubbish the school produces. A waste audit will show you areas where improvements can be made.
Make a statement
Set goals for your school such as reducing paper use by 10% or reducing the amount of hand towels purchased by 20%.
Thinking about waste and recycling is great, but also think about ways to increase the school's biodiversity, reduce waste and energy use and increase the use sustainable transport methods.