Recycling for schools

How to improve recycling in schools:

Recycling Centre tours

The Western Riverside Waste Authority run an education programme to encourage pupils and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible. They run visits to the recycling centre where the children can see for themselves what happens to their waste, with hands on activities. They also deliver assemblies and workshops in schools. Visit their schools page for more information.

To book at tour email or call 020 8875 8885/9.

Recycle at school programme

Free support is available from Recycle Western Riverside's Recycle at School programme.  This can help your school reduce waste, recycle more and raise students' understanding of why this is important.

Additionally, the charity Traid has an educational toolkit for teachers of KS3 and KS4. This aims to encourage education for sustainability by using the topic of clothes as a way of encouraging sustainable practices and challenging the throw-away mindset.

Eco Schools

The Eco-Schools programme is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.

Composting at school

Composting options for schools - View special offers on composting equipment or, for more specialist equipment that could compost your school's canteen waste, see the Ridan Composter or Tidy Planet Rocket composter

Other useful links

Get educational recycling resources for primary schools linked to the National Curriculum.

Roots & Shoots is an education programme for young people which encourages them to implement practical positive change for people, animals and the environment by providing teachers with free resources and activities.

Junk 4 Funk runs recycled music workshops. Participants are encouraged to make instruments from waste.

Earth Cubs provides parents and teachers with access to free resources to inspire children to learn about protecting the environment, including a section on recycling and littering. Download the Litter Litter Everywhere pack for children aged three to seven.