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Recycle for Nottinghamshire Education

Recycle for Nottinghamshire Education

There are many ways in which maintained schools can take action to be more eco friendly and sustainable.

Nottinghamshire County Council working in partnership with Veolia can offer your school a range of activities, all as part of the new ‘Recycle for Nottinghamshire Education’ initiative.

The Schools Waste Action Club (SWAC) is a waste education programme which aims to increase awareness of waste and its management amongst school staff and pupils. The programme involves an education officer visiting the school and working with individual classes to encourage them to think about waste, its impact on the environment and how it can be reduced.

Visits to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Mansfield can also be arranged for schools. These visits, run by Veolia, offer an insight into waste and recycling as pupils discover first hand what happens to their recyclable waste after it has been put in the recycling bin. Visits to the MRF include a tour around the operational site.

Both SWAC and MRF visits provide a range of fun and interactive teaching sessions and are offered to schools free of charge.

  • Accessible and inclusive teaching for all pupils of all ages, dependent on the activity
  • Qualified and experienced education officers, with enhanced DBS clearance
  • Practical advice for schools which includes knowing what can and can't be recycled or finding out how to set up and manage a recycling collection system or composting in school
  • An assembly to introduce the concept of waste and explore the environmental impact it can have
  • A range of motivational 'hands on' activities to encourage pupils to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste both in school and at home
  • Seasonal and themed activities run throughout the year to help reinforce concepts, for example compost 'check up' sessions, theater in education workshops and cookery events to support the Love Food Hate Waste message

"We were very impressed with the visit. It was well organised, interesting and the children were very engaged." 
Hawthorne Primary & Nursery School: MRF Visit. 

"Very engaging practical activity that really got students discussing what could and couldn't be recycled"
The Bramcote School (WHP Federation): SWAC Visit.

Please contact us for more information and to see the benefits to your school.

Recycle for Nottinghamshire Education Contact

SWAC visits and Compost 'check-up' sessions:

Lydia Powles
0115 977 4936 or 07949 760642

MRF visits, theatre workshops:

Lesley Taylor
0203 567 4391 / 07900 197556

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