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These pages contain background information about the Waste Education Programme.

About us

The Local Authorities of Devon have supported schools to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste for over ten years. We recognise that pupils and school staff are also residents and can make a significant contribution to recycling in their schools, homes and communities.

 

The Waste Education Programme has evolved over many years. In 2003, the Waste Education Steering Group (WESG) was formed, crystallising countywide approaches to waste education by local authorities, voluntary organisations, individuals and the Environment Agency. In 2004, WESG produced the first Devon Waste Education Strategy which was updated in 2008, 2011 and 2014.  The Strategy is currently under review again in 2017. 

 

In 2006, Devon launched its first countywide Waste Educators Contract. This service provides high quality, curriculum linked workshops and assemblies for schools and provides opportunities for children to visit waste management facilities to see first-hand how our waste is managed.

 

Since 2008, the Waste Educators contract has been delivered by Resource Futures Ltd and funded by Devon County Council.

 

Devon's pioneering work has resulted in one of the most successful and advanced waste education programmes in the Country and is an essential part of Devon's long term approach to waste management.

Strategy

Devon has one of the most advanced Waste Education Programmes in the Country which has evolved over many years.

In 2003, the Waste Education Steering Group (WESG) was formed which brought together countywide approaches to waste education by local authorities, voluntary organisations, individuals and the Environment Agency.

In 2004, WESG produced the first Devon Waste Education Strategy which was updated in 2008 to incorporate a 31 point action plan.

This strategy was subsequently updated in 2011 to cover 2011 --2014 building on the successes of the original strategy.

The strategy has now been updated to cover 2014 – 2017 and reflects the ongoing progress to support schools to become ambassadors of the 3Rs.

“We have been working with you over several years now. The changes around the school are well embedded with recycling, reducing and reusing resources and composting part of our everyday school life.”    (Teacher feedback)