Waste Education has been an important part of Devon County Council’s strategy to reduce waste for a number of years.

The Local Authorities of Devon have supported schools to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste for twenty 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, forming a countywide approach 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 2023.

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.

How do we do this:

Our work falls into several areas:

1. Workshops in schools

We have 3 educators out in schools every week, delivering quality, interactive workshops that engage children with waste and resource issues.

2. Website for advice and support

Browse our website for more information about what you can reduce,  reuse and recycle in school and at home.

3. Free resources for teachers

Check out our free teaching resources for teachers and educators.

4. Free school trips

We can host free school trips to Exeter and Plymouth waste management facilities including Devon’s Energy from Waste Plants and a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Screenshot of Resource and Waste Education strategy Summary document 2017-2022

Screenshot of Resources and Waste Education strategy