Setting up a recycling scheme at school is a stimulating way for students to get ‘hands-on’ experience of the benefits of recycling and learning about the environment.
- First step……..you’ve already taken it by coming to this site to find out the best way to set up a scheme in your school.
- Announce the start of the scheme in school and at home. You can also ask pupils/students to collect 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.
- Make it fun! Recycling can be a vibrant part of your school activities and daily life. Why not hold special assemblies, 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!
- Tell the cleaner or janitor! Make sure he/she is aware that the recycling bins should not be emptied into the general rubbish but saved for recycling.
- Find out where your local can recycling centre is and how what is the minimum weight they will accept.
- Keep track of how much you have collected so far………and circulate the good news. This will keep everyone motivated and encourage them to recycle more.
- Make sure you have enough bags or boxes to keep your recycling in.
- To save space, squash cans before saving them.
- Remember….if you’re not sure whether your can is made of aluminum…..get a magent. Aluminum is not magnetic so the magnet won’t stick.
- Make sure you rinse out the cans before recycling them – food waste left inside cans contaminates the recycling process.
For information about aluminum and the recycling process click here.