Breakfast, lunch and snack time

  • Encourage the use refillable water bottles for use throughout the school day.
  • Ask the school’s food suppliers to deliver supplies with less packaging or returnable/reusable packaging.
  • Use reusable bottles for juice or water instead of buying a new container every day.
  • Think about the ingredients in lunch menus and try to prepare a weekly or monthly waste-free lunch. The aim of the waste-free lunch is for each pupil to be encouraged to clean their plate or bring a packed lunch which produces as little avoidable food and packaging waste as possible.
  • Set-up compost bins for food waste – you could also try your hand at a wormery (known as vermiculture); they are great fun and will also produce liquid plant feed for the school garden!

Around school

  • Set-up an Eco-school council or bunch of ‘keen and green’ advocates as part of your school council.
  • Print only when necessary. Try and keep electronic copies of files instead of printing everything out.
  • Make double-sided photocopies where possible.
  • If paper has only been written or printed on one side why not use it as scrap paper for messages, notes and lists. Keep a tray for one-sided paper to reuse.
  • Shredded paper can be recycled, composted or used for arts and crafts projects.
  • Remove internal mixed waste bins and litter bins and replace them with conveniently-sited internal recycling bins.
  • Talk to your local council or waste collection contractor about providing separate external bins for the school’s Clean, Dry & Loose recycling material.
  • For further information about how to Recycle At School, check out Recycle Now.

Get waste busting!

For a chance to win some great prizes, sign your school up for the home recycling challenge. For more information please visit www.wastebuster.co.uk/homerecyclingchallenge/.

Know What You Can Recycle At Home

What can you recycle in your home?  This video will help you find out

The Recycling Challenge

Take the recycling challenge – what items can you find in your home to recycle ?

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Other Activites & Challenges

Try these ideas at school or at home:

Springtime Paper Pots

Ready to get out in the garden?  Here’s a novel way to use some waste paper and make your own biodegradable seed pots. Just click on the picture for the full instructions.paper recycling