Cutting Waste in Schools - Find out how here...
Last year saw impressive results from schools taking part in the free Devon Waste Education Programme:
• Totnes St John’s Church of England Primary School have increased their recycling and composting rate from 37% to 81%.
• Uffculme Primary School have increased their recycling and composting rate from 11% to 84%. They have estimated cost savings of over £100 per year, while the Academy Trust they form part of have saved over £600 for their two schools - more money for essential books, repairs or staff!
Devon County Council's Senior Management Officer Bobby Hughes said "St Johns and Uffculme have achieved excellent results with a fantastic level of commitment from both pupils and staff. They have proved that by working together we can help our children learn practical, every day actions that make a difference to our world."
Every year our Waste Educators sign up specially selected schools to the Waste Action Support Program (WASP), where they help schools reduce their waste. An audit is carried out of the school's waste at the beginning and end of the year and as the results above show, they can have dramatic reductions in waste and massive increases in recycling. The school signs an agreement that a member of staff will be avilable to help and support the Waste Educator, and the Headteacher will agree that any advised changes will be implemented in the school. (But then again, why not if money can be saved!) Schools also benefit from free Waste Education Workshops through the year (usual cost £65 per day) as well as opportunities to take part in other activities, such as videos and training.