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Reduce, reuse and recycle. This is the key to reducing the amount of waste generated at your school and what ends up polluting the playground and the world at large.

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.