Recycling for schools
If your school needs:
- To get orange-lidded banks for mixed recycling, contact Waste Services (container hire and collection charges apply)
- To get free re-usable orange bags for storing recyclables in classrooms, contact Waste Services
- To get free recycling containers and collections for batteries, contact BatteryBack
- To find out how to set up free cooking oil collections
- To find out how to recycle empty ink and toner cartridges
- To collect old CDs and DVDs and make money for your school
- To get collections of unwanted electrical equipment for recycling, contact 123 Recycle for Free (charges apply). Alternatively, they can be delivered free-of-charge to the dedicated recycling container for electricals at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth SW18
- To raise funds for the school or charity by recycling textiles with Scope, Traid or Wastebusters
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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. Read a case study about a school that composts its canteen waste.