Get the whole school involved
Our Paper Team collects the paper bins on Mondays and Thursdays and removes any unsuitable paper before emptying it into the external bin. I co-ordinate their work and we also have a lot of support from other staff, including office staff, our cleaners and our caretaker.
- Freda Eyden, Woodheys Primary School
Try to involve as many people as possible
Involving pupils and staff across your school in setting up and running your recycling scheme is essential to ensure the scheme works successfully. If the school community has ownership of various tasks and responsibilities, participation is likely to be higher and contamination (throwing unsuitable materials into recycling bins) is likely to be lower. Whole school involvement also ensures recycling continues even if enthusiastic staff and pupils move on.
|Possible role||Possible tasks||Time frame||Working with|
Recycle as much of their waste as possible in the appropriate recycling bins
Carry out recycling duties
|Day-to-day, weekly, monthly|
School Council, Eco Committee or Environment Team
Represent their class and feed back to the rest of the school
Designated teacher or recycling coordinator
Co-ordinate the recycling scheme
Teachers and teaching assistants
Support the recycling scheme
Senior management team
Prioritise recycling in the school
Regular updates to head teacher, governors and parents
Focus on core value of recycling within the school
|Need to be constantly aware of developments in the school|
Support and facilitate the recycling scheme and action plan
Kitchen and catering staff
Maintain recycling in their area of work - kitchen, canteen, hall
Oversee the internal and external bin and collection system
Reduce waste in their area of work.
Investigate cost-effective recycling solutions, equipment and products.
|During the set-up process and regular reviews thereafter|
Support the head teacher, other teachers and pupils.
Support the recycling scheme and help pupils recycle correctly.