|Have a recycling point in
Don’t forget non-teaching areas like
the office, staff room and kitchen.
Label recycling points and waste bins clearly inside the
school and also at outside collection points
This will help avoid the wrong things being put in the wrong
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Monitor your recycling scheme
Watch out for any decline in recycling levels. For example, you
could keep a record of how full your external recycling bin is each
Keep a record of any problems with
recycling e.g. contamination in recycling bins, items
spotted in the general waste bins that could have been
Motivate teachers to lead by example
Recycle as much as possible and encourage pupils to get
Spread your success
Tell other people about successes, especially parents and the
local press and praise all the teams involved.
Provide a rubbish bin next to
every recycling bin
This makes it as easy to recycle as it is to throw something
General waste bins should be a different colour and perhaps even
a different size and shape to the recycling bins, making it
very easy to put materials into the correct bins.
Make sure everyone knows what can be
recycled at school and why it is important to recycle.
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Set up a rota
Set up a rota for emptying the
Have regular recycling
Report at assemblies and display
amounts of recycling collected on a notice board to keep everyone
informed and motivated.
Involve cleaning and support
Ensure cleaning and support staff
are informed of changes which affect them and let them know how
important their role is.
If your school is going to recycle other materials such as
mobile phones, stamps, ink jet cartridges- please collect these
items in clearly labelled and different containers.
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