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, 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 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.