Reduce My Rubbish
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The government has challenged schools to reduce their single-use plastics and products by 2022. Our Reduce Single-Use Award Scheme and accompanying education pack have been specially designed to help you to reduce single-use one step at a time.
Sign up and you’ll begin by involving pupils in assessing which targets on the charter your school is already achieving. You will then start to think about what to tackle next, identify your targets and compile an action plan.
Your school will receive a certificate for every four targets you complete, from Bronze through to Gold.
You may wish to apply for a grant to help you to get started. Please take a look at the section below for further details.
We’re offering schools the chance to apply for a one-off grant of £150 to spend on something that will help to reduce their use of single-use plastics and products such as:
There are a total of 40 grants available, with the first round of applications open until 12th November for up to 20 schools and the second until 17th December 2021 for a further 20 schools.
We do hope you will be successful, but we may not be able to offer grants to all applicants, so grants will be allocated according to how effective we feel your proposal will be in helping your school to reduce single-use.
Before you apply for a grant decide which targets on the charter you would like to achieve using the grant money.
Looking for some inspiration to get you started? Take a look at our case study to learn more about what Bignold Primary School have done to earn their Bronze and Silver Reduce Single-Use Awards.
As well as making changes like swapping plastic wrapped fruit and snacks for whole pieces of fruit and homemade cakes, and replacing disposable cutlery with reusable, they have also set some targets to continue working on in a bid to achieve their gold award.
The work you complete for our Reduce Single-Use Award Scheme can also contribute towards further accreditations.
Eco schools offers schools the chance to gain accreditation for introducing, managing and completing environmental actions in their organisation and local community. They offer ten different topic areas to work within, one of which is waste.
Surfers Against Sewage run a plastic free schools programme that offers further accreditation and resources for nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools. The work you’ve completed so far can contribute to this, plus you will be provided with further challenges.
Norfolk Youth Parliament campaigns on the issues that matter most to young people. It helps those aged 11-18 to have a voice on the future of Norfolk and make a positive contribution to their community. One of their current priorities is tackling plastic pollution. To find out more, get involved or contribute, click here.
Take a look at our short video for some great lunchtime swaps.
For more videos and swap ideas, visit our main Reduce Single-Use page