Taking part in a waste audit is a great school activity. You can look at all school bins, just packed lunch or perhaps find out if you could save money by reusing paper more efficiently. To find out more about organising a waste audit in your school click here.
The waste audits involve an initial audit to get your baseline figures, then the children help come up with ways to improve the schools reduce, reuse and recycle systems. A second audit is then taken to monitor how successful they were. Doing these audits can link in to both geography and maths lessons, for more information see below.
3Rs monitoring activities
These four hands-on activities allow pupils to monitor how well your school’s 3Rs systems are working. The activities can be used by a teacher with a class of KS2 pupils, an Eco Co-Ordinator with a mixed age Eco Team working on a ‘Waste’ topic, or a combination of the two.
You may want to start with activity 1, then progress through activities 2, 3 and 4 in order. However each activity works well on its own, so dip in and use them to suit your school and the time you have available.
As well as engaging pupils with waste issues, these monitoring activities produce pupil-friendly data which can be used in maths teaching, shared with the rest of the school in assembly and displayed on your Eco-Schools notice-board. When repeated over time they will provide great evidence that your school is getting better at using the 3Rs. Celebrate your achievements with the whole school, and don’t forget to share your data with governors, parents or an Eco-Schools Green Flag assessor.