Recycling is a simple way your pupils can have a positive impact on the planet.

As well as reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill, recycling saves energy and helps conserve natural resources like trees and metal.

By recycling in school your pupils can earn one point on the Green Tree Schools Award.

What can my school recycle?

There are lots of opportunities to recycle in schools. Talking to your local council is a good place to start as they can tell you what services are available in your area. The Recycle Now website also has lots of helpful tips.

Here are some items you might be able to recycle:

  • paper
  • plastic
  • glass
  • ink cartridges
  • batteries
  • mobile phones
  • electronic equipment
  • clothes

You can even recycle food waste by building a compost heap for fruit and veg peelings, teabags and grass cuttings. It’s a fantastic way to teach pupils about decomposition, and the compost can be used in your school grounds!

Schoolgirl giving a presentation on recycling

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Get your whole school involved

Ask your pupils to think of ways they can encourage both students and staff to recycle. They could design posters to display around recycling points, write an article for your school newspaper, or do an assembly to spread the message.

Get one point on the Green Tree Schools Award

To claim your point, tell us about your school's recycling efforts.

Email learning@woodlandtrust.org.uk with the subject line 'Recycling'.

We’ll add one point to your account after we receive your evidence (usually within two weeks).

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