Children up and down the country will be given a hands-on role in challenging the confusion around what can and cannot be recycled as part of an environmental audit with Keep Britain Tidy.
Over 20,000 schools will be taking part in the project through the environmental charity’s Eco Schools programme, with thousands of caterers supporting the initiative.
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5m children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme in the world.
The Eco-Schools Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.
Schools are provided with free resources to help them progress to the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award within 12 months of registration – Keep Britain Tidy provides additional assistance from a dedicated team of former teachers.
The initiative is being supported by Keep Britain Tidy recycling partner Harrogate Water along with Plastipak, one of the global leaders in sustainable packaging and recycling.
“In 2019 the challenge will be a call to action for all participating schools to take part in a national survey assessing recycling in schools, finding out what waste management resources they have available as well as understanding local authority collections and recycling services,” says Richard McIlwain of Keep Britain Tidy. “This national survey will be the first of its kind and will allow the schools to help advise on what they believe we should be doing to improve provision and help harmonise recycling services in schools across the country. The report will be published in an easy-to-use infographic format and made available to all relevant parties.
“This work by students will provide the springboard for the ‘Circular School 2020 Challenge’ when we’ll be encouraging schools to take an active role in coming up with sustainable waste management solutions.”