The second life of litter


High school 139 launches whole school project and maps out learning outcomes.
The Student and Teacher Project Guide give students and teachers a simple but effective framework within which to plan and deliver a recycling project in our school. This can target a single class, a year group, key stage or whole school.

Why complete a recycling project?

Taking part can deliver immediate benefits for our school, and for the environment. Increasing our recycling rate will reduce waste, and could therefore save money. It can contribute to a reduction in litter around our homes, the school and the community. The project helps individual students. It also enables students to take responsibility for waste and recycling. They will use and develop important interpersonal and workplace skills as they work together to plan their project and encourage other students to take positive action. Some students will be able to develop their leadership skills, and all students will enjoy the chance to increase their self-esteem. Participation can contribute to students’ records of their achievements in school, and enhance their opportunities when they leave, whether into continuing education or employment.

What will students do?
Within the project, students can:

• Audit the school’s waste
• Identify where improvements can be made
• Set targets, plan and take real steps to improve recycling facilities
• Plan and execute a campaign to educate and encourage other students to recycle whenever they can
• Measure their success and report back to the school
• Sustain their recycling effort in the longer term.
• Encourage others to use paper bags instead of plastic


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