Recycling in schools

Recycling at school is an important way to get children involved in tackling climate change and other important issues

Recycling will also help your school save money. We have provided lots of resources and tips to help you get started. 

The average school currently spends between £300 and £1000 on waste disposal each year (depending on size), and produces a minimum of 1 tonne of waste per term!

Activities games and presentations

Our introductory Powerpoint presentation will help highlight the wider significance of recycling and explain what can be recycled in your school.

Schools Recycling Introduction

We have developed a series of activities and games packs to introduce recycling, composting and reducing waste to children:

Supporting resources:

Here are some posters that may help encourage recycling at school.

Over the last few years, two competitions have been run in schools CANimals (animals made out of cans) and Robottles (robots made out of plastic bottles). Why not have a go at this with your class? Here are two handy Powerpoint presentations that will help you get started in an assembly or classroom scenario.

You can even present the best ones with our custom made certificates:

If you need help accessing the information in any of the above PDFs, please contact us.

You can find additional recycling games, and videos, as well as resources for teachers on the WRAP website.

Visits from Recycling Officers

The Recycle for Hampshire schools programme is no longer running, if you would like to enquire whether it is possible for an officer from your local district council to attend any school sessions and offer any support to relevant subjects then please contact your local district council as below.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hart District Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 01252 622122

East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 0300 300 0013

Eastleigh Borough Council
Email [email protected]
Phone 023 8068 8000

Fareham Borough Council 
Email [email protected]
Phone 01329 236100

Gosport Borough Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 08000 198598

Havant Borough Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 02392 488000

New Forest District Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 02380 285588

Rushmoor Borough Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 01252 398201

Southampton City Council 
Email [email protected]
Phone 02380 834100

Portsmouth City Council
Email [email protected] 
Phone 023 9283 4092

Recycling collection service

If your school isn't recycling already, setting up a collection contract is really easy and could save you money. Hampshire County Council has a contract with Suez Recycling and Recovery UK offering a full range of waste recycling and collection services to all schools in Hampshire. The contract recycling prices are 50% cheaper than those for general rubbish collections which means that real savings can be made by schools who recycle. It is believed that 90% of school waste is recyclable and 70% of schools in Hampshire have now signed up to this contract.

The contract includes the collection of:

  • mixed recyclables (cans, tins, plastic bottles, paper and card)
  • glass
  • hazardous waste
  • confidential waste
  • IT waste ...and more

To find out more about the services provided by Suez and how you can arrange for waste collection for your site, or for any queries regarding services already provided by Suez please contact: Suez Helpdesk by telephone 01329 223344 (select Option 4 – HCC Helpdesk) or by email [email protected]

Further recycling options

There is a further recycling options factsheet for schools wanting to extend the range of items they recycle. The factsheet includes a wide range of items including charity options that your school can get involved in.

Compost bin offer

Hampshire schools can purchase reduced price compost bins. A range of different bins, accessories and water butts are all available.


Hampshire schools can also purchase wormeries.