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Products can be recycled in two ways:

  • remake the same type of product from the original material such as recycle aggregate;
  • create a completely different item where the waste material is an input to a manufacturing process, for example, using old newspapers to manufacture an insulating material.

In 2006 WRAP reported that on average, primary schools generate 45kg of waste per pupil per academic year and secondary schools 22kg per pupil per academic year. Food waste and paper and card were the dominant fractions of the waste streams for both primary and secondary schools, accounting for more than 70% of waste (by weight).

Food waste and paper can be easily recycled and facilities to allow this both in the classroom and for the whole of the school site should be provided. Space should be included for waste recycling facilities and this should be in an obvious location.

Organic food waste can be composted on site rather than being sent to landfill. Composting is a beneficial way of recycling organic waste, and turns waste into a valuable resource and is a way of demonstrating to children how quickly the process of conversion from waste to compost is.

What should I do?

Waste recycling facilities should be located in prominent locations through all stages of the process.

WLGA - CLILC Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru / Welsh Assembly Government