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Recycling in schools


How can my school reduce waste?

You can:

  • Reduce the amount of paper you use by making sure everyone knows where to find the scrap paper trays and recycling points and sending emailed newsletters.
  • Have a zero waste lunch day once a week. This might mean opting for fruit rather than plastic-wrapped biscuit bars
  • Compost any left-over fruit and don't forget the staff room tea bags! Often adults need to be reminded to use the kitchen caddies too!
  • Take reusable water bottles to school rather than expensive pouches of soft drinks. If you don't like cheese in your sandwiches - tell your parents rather than binning them!


What items can be reused?

  • Unwanted furniture: You could offer unwanted furniture to other families through your school newsletter or on Freegle. Schools are encouraged to join their nearest Freegle group as it's an easy way to offer unwanted items to people who need them
  • Computers and IT equipment: Why not donate these to a Gloucestershire charity such as IT Schools for Africa?  Printwaste also offers schools an IT collection service
  • Textiles: The following companies will collect clothes and textiles that your family no longer want, direct from your school; they will also pay for the textiles they collect so this can be an excellent way to raise funds for your school too!
  • Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCO)
  • Bag2School 
  • Bristol Textile Recyclers (BTR).  BTR can also provide you with a textile collection bank on-site. 

More information

Reuse web pages 


What can I recycle in my school?

Schools in Gloucestershire can recycle:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cans
  • Glass and plastic bottles
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • IT equipment, computers, light tubes and tetra paks
  • Food waste (see Waste and Recycling Contract below)

More information

Waste and recycling contract for schools


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