Wrap’s new guidelines to help standardise household recycling in the UK, presents a real opportunity for schools.
The guidelines have yet to be widely promoted to residents through their local authorities and further guidelines for garden waste and textiles are not due to be released until 2017, however it is envisaged that campaigns will increase awareness about what can and (just as importantly) can’t be recycled, while ultimately working to influence changes in behaviour to dramatically improve the UK’s rates of recycling.
“by 2025 packaging is designed to be recyclable (where practical and environmentally beneficial) and labelled clearly to indicate whether it can be recycled or not. Every household in England can recycle a common set of materials and food waste collected in one of three ways.”
Practical Solutions to Improve the Quality and Quantity of Recycled Materials
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If awareness and action at home is set to increase, there is a real opportunity for schools to introduce programmes that are really fit for the future of recycling, reflecting the changes in attitudes and behaviour and influencing the critical formation of new recycling habits right across the school community.
Reduce contamination and improve quality with multi-stream stations
With the knowledge of the types of waste your school produces, you can easily create effective indoor and outdoor multi-stream recycling stations to capture and segregate the recycled materials from one another.
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Food waste, paper and card and dense plastic make up the majority of waste in Secondary Schools.
Therefore, it is likely that these streams will feature prominently throughout your multi-stream stations.
- Segregating food waste around the school may also require a complement of different containers designed with trays for canteens, lift and close lids for corridors, classrooms and communal areas and lidded pedal bins for kitchens.
- Confidential paper waste may also require consideration and communal locations for confidential documents can be created simply with specially designed lockable containers.
Additional waste categories to consider during the audit are garden waste, plastic film, metals, glass and textiles.
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Even the most established recycling programmes require continued communication through internal campaign drives and reminders. So, whatever stage your school is at, there are ready-made free resources and ideas to increase participation that will help re-ignite interest in your programme across the whole school.
- Recycle Posters and Signage: https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/getting-started/recycling-at-school
- Teach Secondary: Regeneration - https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/getting-started/recycling-at-school/regeneration
Positioning and Capacity
The initial waste audit will provide an understanding of the best indoor and outdoor locations for your recycling stations to ensure high visibility in the areas that will naturally generate higher rates of recycling.
Capacity of the containers will also be a key consideration in relation to the volume of waste generated and the frequency of collections.
Signage or a map highlighting the locations of existing and new recycling stations should also support in any awareness campaign.
Smart and Attractive Stations
In such a busy environment, you will need your recycling station to make a statement and attract attention, while also stimulating action.
For a recycling programme to have real impact and become a sustainable asset, consideration should be given to the quality and aesthetic appeal of the containers.
- Bright and colourful apertures encourage usage and promote segregation with specially shaped openings for the individual waste streams, carrying the official UK Recycle Now symbols to ensure consistency.
- Different apertures are available for 12 waste streams including paper, plastic bottles, food, aluminium cans.
- Smart quality containers of modern and interesting design will further demonstrate school’s commitment and help embed recycling behaviours into the everyday.
- Attract attention to your recycling station with signage or a stand which creates further visual impact and provides a smart fixed feature appearance.
We hope this feature from our Smart School Series has provided you with some useful resources and ideas to help with your school recycling programmes.
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Alternatively you can browse a selection of indoor and outdoor multi-stream recycling solutions which have been chosen by school facilities managers here: Focus on Secondary Schools.
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