Here, we have recycled 25 ideas for your school or Eco Club:
1.Rather than cartons, which contain foil and are not recyclable, encourage the use of glass milk bottles. These can be sterilised and re-used time and time again.
2. Did you know that milk bottle (or any fizzy drink or plastic bottle) lids are not recyclable? Put them to good use and have a go at a milk bottle/container lid collaborative art project – Pinterest has some fabulous ideas.
3. Build an igloo or greenhouse from plastic milk containers.
4. Encourage waste sorting in the classroom – have a paper bin as well as a general waste bin.
5. Encourage your school kitchen to compost food waste. (link to blog on what is compostable)
7. Have a school ‘green team’ who are responsible for educating the rest of the school about becoming more environmentally friendly. Members could have an Eco-school badge and meet monthly to discuss new projects.
8. Turn lights off and ensure all plugs are switched off at the wall when appliances and items are not in use.
9. Recycle batteries.
10. Have a clothing recycling bank on the school premises for all of that lost property that never gets claimed! You could also have a bottle bank.
11. Keep your school clean and tidy by organising litter picking. Litter could also be sorted into recyclable and general waste. (It would be interesting to see the amount of plastic found.)
12. Recycle plastic milk cartons into bird feeders for the school playground.
13. Grow your own vegetables. Learn what it takes to look after plants and vegetables as well as observing the lifecycle of plants first hand. The produce might be sold at the summer fair.
15. Pond dipping and river walks – discover bugs and nature. How much plastic did you see? How do you think this impacts nature? Take clipboards, magnifying glasses and a digital camera to record findings.
16. Set up a showing of the BBC documentary ‘Drowning in Plastic’ to educate children about the impact plastic is having on our planet. Tissues at the ready!
17. Have an eco quiz.
18. Go on a free school trip to your local recycling plant. Did you know that recycled plastic bottles are turned into fleece – the same material you wear?
19. Visit a local power plant to learn about our consumption of electricity and power. This may help children understand the impact it has and encourage lower usage in school.
20. Junk models. Recycle old egg boxes, cardboard tubes, cans, cereal boxes and plastic bottles, then have a team or class competition for the best model. They might produce robots, vehicles or large-scale masterpieces! (photo)
21. Organise a recycled fashion show. (photo)
22. Make Eco-bricks using plastic bottles filled with plastic bags. Find out more here. Maybe you could use these to make your Greenhouse or an Igloo?
23. Build a wormery. Follow these instructions by Science Sparks here.
24. Water Butt – conserve rainwater to feed your seedlings!
25. Take a look at our Recycling Through the Seasons books for a multitude of cheap and easy ideas.
26. Make a Bug Hotel using old pieces of wood, palettes, tubing.