Schools recycling service and resources
A school recycling initiative was launched throughout the borough in September 2009. As well as increasing our recycling rates, this service helps students to adopt a positive attitude towards waste and develop good recycling habits.
When are my school bins collected?
The latest School calendar December 2016 to November 2017 (PDF 1.1MB) shows when we will empty your bins over the coming months. A hard copy of the calendar has also been sent to your school by post.
We will empty your blue-lidded container for recycling fortnightly and your green wheeled bins for food waste weekly.
What goes in my school recycling bins?
We collect the following materials for recycling in the blue lidded container:
- Mixed plastics - for example, plastic bottles, plastic food trays and tubs
- Food tins and drink cans
- Newspapers and magazines
- Glass bottles and jars
- Food and drinks cartons (for example, Tetra Pak)
- Clean aluminium foil
- Empty aerosols
We collect all food waste in your green wheeled bin. This includes cooked and uncooked meat and vegetable waste.
Our school recycling guide (PDF 1.47 MB) explains what you can and can't put in each of the recycling bins.
For information on how to set up and maintain an effective recycling scheme in your school, visit RecycleNow Schools.
For more information about the recycling service we offer to schools, please call 01442 228000 and ask for "Waste Services".
Composting for schools
Each school in the borough is entitled to claim two free composters and two kitchen caddies. These composters are a fantastic educational tool linking to the science curriculum and to the Eco-Schools award scheme.
For more information about claiming school composters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food waste compostable sacks
If your school requires sacks for food waste, please call 01442 228017 or 228020 or email email@example.com to arrange a collection of some complimentary compostable sacks. These bags are surplus stock from the supply of bags from our old collection service, so once these have run out we will ask you to purchase them from a supplier. Alternatively, food waste can go directly into the bin or it can be wrapped in newspaper.
Schools Waste Wire newsletter
Waste Wire is our quarterly newsletter for primary schools, providing teachers with the latest local environmental news, campaigns, classroom ideas and links to free resources.
You can download the latest edition of Waste Wire here:
Waste Wire Winter 2017 (PDF 4MB)
Download past editions of Waste Wire:
If your school is taking part in any environmental projects and you would like to feature in the next episode of Waste Wire, we would love to hear about it! Please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
School recycling talks
We are available to visit primary schools and provide classroom talks, assemblies and activities. We aim to be adaptable and will try our best to cater to your requirements. The topics we cover include:
We introduce the four Rs - reduce, reuse, repair and recycle - explaining why we need to recycle and how we can put it into practice from day to day. We also promote our household recycling service to make sure that staff and students are recycling at home.
We explain what sustainability means in relation to following the waste hierarchy, why it is important to think about sustainability in our day-to-day lives and give some small steps students can follow at home to live more sustainably.
We explain the different types of litter, and the consequences of throwing litter, such as its effect on the environment. We discuss what can be done to help the problem of litter. All talks are followed by a question and answer session. A litter pick on your school grounds can also be carried out after the talk.
To discuss what we can offer, please contact the Waste Services department on 01442 228000 and ask for 'Waste Services'.
Alternative school recycling schemes
There are a range of different free recycling schemes available to schools, including:
Terracycle - free Writing Instrument Recycling Programme.
Cash for Clobber - textile recycling scheme pays your school to recycle.
Empties Please - ink cartridge recycling scheme pays your school to recycle.
Visit the WasteAware education pages to view and download the Challenge Waste pack, children's activity leaflet and other resources. Below are the "Mike and Molly" puzzle sheets. These sheets are fun activities you can use in the classroom including mazes, word searches and vocabulary activities.
Toy and book exchanges
Running a toy and book exchange in your school is a fantastic way to promote and educate your students about reuse. Our Toy and Book Exchange Pack (PDF 661 KB) has all the information you will need to run an event in your school.
Litter pick equipment loans
If you would like to host a litter picking event in and around your school, our Clean, Safe and Green department are able to help provide you with litter pick sticks, tabards and rubbish and recycling bags.
All equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis. We can also arrange for the bags of litter to be collected following your event.
If you would like to borrow equipment for a litter pick, please call 01442 228000 and ask for 'Clean, Safe and Green' or email email@example.com.