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Putting the 3Rs into Practice

Does your school recycle? Do you know what happens to your food waste? Are pupils given opportunities to reuse paper?

While learning about the 3Rs is important, it is essential that pupils have opportunities to put their learning into practice by actively reducing, reusing and recycling on a day-to-day basis at school. The resources below will help schools embed the 3Rs into all aspects of school life.

Devon schools spend approximately £300,000 a year on managing their waste. Setting up efficient whole-school 3Rs systems has the potential to support pupils’ learning while saving the school money.

Recycling collection services are offered to schools by most local authorities. Some charge for this service, but this is usually lower than the cost of collecting waste as ‘rubbish’. Many waste collection companies also offer recycling services, so if your school does not yet have a recycling collection then ask your local council and / or current waste collection provider to find out what they offer.

​Don't forget you can ask our Waste Educators for help. They can come into school and help show pupils why reducing, reusing, recycling are so important, as well as helping you to set up recycling schemes at school.

3Rs 'How to' guides
 
 
 
 
Whether you are a school bursar wanting to save money, or a teacher keen to embed sustainability in the day-to-day life of your school, these best-practice guides are packed with simple ways to implement the 3Rs in your school. These documents are written for school staff, although older students may also find them useful.
District Council household rubbish and recycling collection guides

Many people get confused about what can be recycled in their area. These quick reference guides are handy for showing 'what goes where' in your local council household waste collections.

They can be used in class or sent home for further discussions, but remember it is more important to Reduce and Reuse your waste first!