Lunch and snack time

  • Encourage the use refillable water bottles.Image of lunch box filled with food
  • Provide snacks without any packaging.
  • Introduce a weekly or monthly waste-free lunch day where pupils are asked to bring a packed lunch which produces as little waste as possible.
  • Set-up compost bins for food waste – you could also try your hand at a wormery; they are great fun and will also produce liquid plant feed for the school garden!
  • Speak to the school’s food suppliers about delivering supplies with less packaging or returnable/reusable packaging.

Around school

  • Image of teacher and studentsSet-up an Eco-council and start looking for ways to reduce waste around school – you could even sign up to the Eco-schools program.
  • Print only when necessary. Try and keep electronic copies of files instead of printing everything out.
  • Make double-sided photocopies where possible.
  • Use whiteboards for planning (rather than paper).
  • Shredded paper can be recycled, composted or used for arts and crafts projects.
  • Have a scrap paper tray for any paper that has only been written or printed on one side.
  • Make sure that clearly labelled waste and recycling bins are available around school.
  • For further information about how to Recycle At School, check out Recycle Now.

Know What You Can Recycle At Home

What can you recycle in your home?  This video will help you find out:


Other Activites & Challenges

Try these ideas at school or at home:

Springtime Paper Pots

Ready to get out in the garden?  Here’s a novel way to use some waste paper and make your own biodegradable seed pots. Just click here full instructions.