Waste education

We are keen to educate the next generation about waste and associated environmental issues especially focussing on the

3Rs- reduce, reuse and recycle.

Below is a list of educational classroom talks and fun interactive activities to promote our key messages.

To arrange an activity in your school, contact the Waste and Recycling Officer using the details at the foot of this webpage.

Reduce, Reuse and recycle

An introduction to the world of waste, the waste hierarchy and learn about the environmental impacts of landfill. Pupils will learn about what can be recycled in the Uttlesford District and how non-recyclable items should be disposed off. We will finish the session with a game of recycling bingo and a 'rubbish relay' to check the pupils understanding and knowledge.

Paper Making

The paper making activity teaches pupils about the natural resources required to make paper and why these need to be preserved. We will then look at  how paper is recycled and then they can have a go at making their own paper! Please note that this is a messy activity and aprons/old clothes should be worn and ideally the activity would take place in a room where the floor can be mopped.

Paper Making Activity

Paper Making Activity

Paper Making Activity

Paper Making Activity





Wonderful world of worms

This session allows pupils to investigate the world of vermicomposting (wormeries!) A real life working wormery will be brought into school and the pupils can learn all about natures top recyclers! They can gently handle the worms, identify the main parts, and learn about their diets and what products the worms produce. Children can even make their own composting or wormery bottles to see the waste decompose into compost before their very eyes!

Waste Audit

This is a practical hands on activity that pupils can carry out in school to identify the main waste materials and waste hotspots at school. Pupils will collect samples of waste which will then be sorted by material type and then weighed. This information can then be used to pinpoint what your school can do to reduce the amount of waste you produce and this in turn can help to develop a waste minimisation plan specific to your school. The waste audit will be carried out over 3 sessions

  • Planning the waste audit
  • Carrying out the waste audit
  • Results and producing a waste minimisation plan

Waste free lunch

A large percentage of the waste that a school produces comes from lunchtime. A waste free lunch is a challenge to everyone to make as little rubbish as they can from their lunch (including the Teachers!) It can start off as a one off event but it could become a regular activity. We will start off by first carrying out a mini waste audit on a typical lunchtime; we will then introduce the concept of the 'waste free lunch' and plan the event.  A week later we will hold the waste free lunch challenge and carry out a repeat waste audit to see if the waste free lunch challenge made a difference to the amount of waste produced.

The problem with plastic

This session will look at the way we use plastic items in our everyday lives and the issues which may occur when it comes to disposing of plastic. The children will sort through plastic items and we will work together to determine which items can be recycled in their local recycling scheme. The children can then write down some plastic pledges on how they could cut down on their plastic use at home and at school.