Waste at school
- Drink tap water – large amounts of energy goes into making, packaging and transporting bottled water and soft drinks. Buy a reusable water bottle or flask, and home water filters are available.
- Use a reusable lunchbox or container for your food to reduce the need for plastic wrappings.
- Never throw away paper that has only been used on one side, and ask your teacher to print double sided.
- Ask your teacher to go paperless, and see if you can hand in assignments on a USB.
- Hold a school garage sale, or set up a stall at your school fete, to swap and sell used items like clothes, toys and books.
- Start a worm farm or a compost heap. These are great ways to get even the youngest children involved in the environment, while minimising waste at the same time.
- Encourage recycling in the classroom and in the playground to reduce rubbish.
- Recycle old crayons and pencils instead of buying new every year.
- Recycle green waste by setting up a compost bin for canteen and lunchtime leftovers, and then use it to help grow a kitchen garden.