Recycling can significantly reduce the amount of rubbish your school throws away, which can save you money in collection charges.
Reducing cost of collection
Find out from your bursar, head teacher or site manager/caretaker what your school currently pays for rubbish collections and how frequent the collections are.
Introducing a recycling collection scheme can reduce the amount of waste your school throws away as rubbish. Recycling schemes therefore offer potential cost savings if your school can reduce the size or quantity of rubbish bins collected, or the collection frequency. Any savings made could be used to partially offset possible charges for a dedicated recycling collection.
Schools must separate their recycling in order to meet Waste (Scotland) Regulations. For more information, visit the Resource Efficient Scotland website.
Making money from recycling
Some recycling schemes can even generate a small income for the school, or you could support a charity with the proceeds. Materials you can often recycle through these schemes are:
- Printer cartridges and mobile phones: There are a number of organisations that offer schools the opportunity to raise funds for their school or for charity by recycling their mobile phones or printer cartridges. Why not search online (try 'mobile phone recycling & schools'; or 'printer cartridge recycling & schools') to find out more.
- Aluminium: A valuable raw material, aluminium cans can be recycled indefinitely. The aluminium industry pays collectors cash for empty drinks cans. Visit Cash for Cans to find out more. Every Can Counts is another organisation that can help you recycle more cans at school.