Setting up a Recycling Programme at School

BY Vicky du Toit

Involving teachers and pupils in a recycling programme at school can be a lot of fun.  Recycling educates pupils about the importance of redirecting waste from landfills and the preservation of the earth’s natural resources, two immense problems that the earth is facing. 

First and foremost, for a recycling initiative to work at school, support is needed from the Principal as well as the administrative staff.  It is also vital to appoint a teacher or “green ambassador” who will take responsibility for the co-ordination of the project.  Once a green ambassador has been identified, a team of pupils can be appointed as green prefects, or as an “enviroclub”.

Together, the team, along with their leader, can meet and discuss their immediate and long term goals for the school’s recycling project.  In order to get the project off the ground, the school will need to determine what types of waste they are sending to landfill.  Once this has been established, they can find solutions to redirect their waste streams.

The Waste Trade Company can be contacted for guidance with the initial set up and to assist with motivating pupils to recycle.  TWTC has many activities in store for schools who actively participate.  Educational talks, cleanups and competitions, to mention a few.

In summary, schools need three legs to support a recycling programme, namely:  Resources, Education and Motivation.  Along with the help of TWTC, any school can stand a chance to win!!!

 August 14, 2014
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