Recycling our waste is essential to help care for our planet’s precious and limited resources and is part of being a responsible citizen.

Recycle for Norfolk has teamed up with Norfolk Scouts to provide some fun programme activities to encourage good recycling among young people and their families.

The links below are designed to give an overview of the issues around waste and recycling in Norfolk and provide challenges and programme opportunities for Scout Groups.

Waste and Recycling in Norfolk

Guidance for Leaders – Badge Links and Safety Information

Scout Association and Wrap launch new badges

WRAP has been working with the Scout Association to sponsor two badges focussing on waste reduction and recycling – Beavers Global Issues Badge and Scouts Environmental Conservation Badge.

You can see a video about these new badges here

Scouts' Recycling Challenge - Prizes to be Won!

Norfolk Scouts Association in partnership with Norfolk County Council are now running an annual competition to look at how much waste Scouts recycle at home by keeping a simple diary for a week.  A prize of £50 to be spent at The Trading Post will be awarded to one of the groups participating via prize draw at the end of the year.  In addition to encouraging good recycling at home this counts towards the Environmental Issues badge.

The Scout’s Recycling Challenge is not currently accepting new entries.

Recycling Games

Image of Recycling LogoThese activities will help engage the Scouts with recycling and are a fun way to get across key messages about good recycling.

Below there are a variety of downloadable instructions and supporting materials for games.

Game 1:

Game 2:

Game 3:

Food Waste Activities

Image of Love Food Hate Waste blow up tomatoFood waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes a year, over half of which could have been eaten.  In Norfolk, food waste represents one third of the contents of our general rubbish bins.

Wasting food costs an average households £470 a year. This figure rises to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month! And it’s bad for the environment too.

There are two main reasons why we throw away good food:

– We cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.
– The foods we waste the most are vegetables, salad, fruit, bread and cakes.

For further information click here.

Recipe ideas for Scouts to make use of left over food:

Waste Textiles

Don't Throw Them Away imageEvery year in Norfolk approximately 8,500 tonnes of textiles (including clothing) that could be reused or recycled is thrown away!

Make the Most of your Textiles

If we could extend the lifespan of our clothes by just 3 months we could reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 5% – 10% and save money too.

Buying New Clothes – do I really need them?  The average householder has over £1,000 worth of clothes. Many of these will be forgotten about, stuffed in the back of wardrobes, in drawers and under beds.  A really good rummage could find forgotten favourites and save you money.

Buying smarter can mean choosing clothes that are better made and are easier to care for. Or maybe you don’t need to buy at all – you could hire or swap instead.

Buying pre-loved clothes can also be a great way of getting a new look for a fraction of High Street prices. And vintage clothes mean you can be both chic and unique, as they often use colours and fabrics that you just can’t find in stores today.

For more information click here.

Textiles Activities:

Community Ideas

Get the community involved in fundraising through reuse!
How to run a ‘good as new’ Jumble Sale.

Remember to get your Scout branded poster templates here.

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