Reduce, reuse & recycle
As members of the global community, we are using up finite natural resources; if we can use those already in circulation more efficiently and less wastefully, we can start to reduce our impact.
Purchasing and disposal costs can be reduced through efficient use. One Hampshire primary school managed to reduce its waste by 38% in 3 months - you could do it too!
Over 70% Hampshire schools have signed up to the County Supplies waste and recycling contracts - have you? The Recycle for Hampshire programme will help you promote recycling in school.Top tips for reducing your waste:
Don't print or photocopy unless you really have to.
Monitor your printing and photocopying figures and set targets for reducing them.
Ensure printer and photocopier default settings are for double sided printing, where possible.
Use paper on both sides and reuse as scrap.
Avoid unnecessary packaging and buy recycled products.
Avoid using disposable plates, cutlery or cups.
Talk to your caterer about reducing food waste.
Use pump dispensers instead of packed portions of sauces.
Compost all raw vegetable and fruit peelings.
Use roller towels instead of paper towels.
The new education programme aims to encourage teachers and children to learn about recycling in a fun, practical way. Resources available include an Education Pack, Recycling Officer visits and a Resource Library of equipment (eg paper making kits, wormeries and mini material recovery facilities.) All schools will be able to join the ‘Recycle for Hampshire’ school challenge to implement waste reducing actions and become a more sustainable school.
Email: Recycle for Hampshire, or telephone: 02380 383339