Setting up a recycling scheme at school is a stimulating way for students to get hands-on experience of the benefits of recycling and to learn about the importance of protecting the environment.
Tips for getting started:
- Contact your local cash from cans centre for help and advice. Often, they can supply posters and leaflets, and you may be eligible to receive a free start-up supply of recycling boxes and bags.
- If there are no cash from cans centres nearby, contact your local authority for help and advice.
- Announce the start of the scheme in school and at home. You can also ask pupils to collect aluminium cans at home and bring them into school for recycling.
- Set up collection points for recycling – place containers close to vending machines, in canteens, and group recycling containers together. You might also want to install can crushers to make recycling fun and prevent bins from overflowing!
- Make it fun! Recycling can be a vibrant part of your school activities and daily life. Why not hold special assemblies, and encourage staff to utilise our free teaching resources?
- Communicate regularly with teachers, pupils and their families to remind them about the recycling scheme. Use notice boards, newsletters, the school website, letters home and word of mouth – shout about how well the scheme is doing!