As concerns over climate change and environmental damage continue to rise, it is essential to educate the next generation about the importance of recycling and looking after our planet. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our latest initiative: The Anglian Green Scheme.
What is the Anglian Green Scheme?
The Anglian Green Scheme initiative is designed to make recycling fun, interactive and accessible for children in schools across East Anglia. Our goal with this scheme is to make recycling a rewarding activity that children can feel proud to be a part of, whilst educating them on the importance of waste reduction and correct recycling segregation.
As part of the Anglian Green Scheme, we provide participating schools with a range of educational resources, including:
Anglian Recycling Station
Recycling workshops and assemblies led by our expert team
Educational posters, videos and infographics to promote recycling in the classroom
Poster design competitions
A recycling tracker to allow pupils record their progress and create a leader board with other schools
Recognition for participating schools that make a significant impact in promoting recycling
One of our most popular learning tools is our Anglian Recycling Station - an exciting way to educate children on waste segregation. With bright colours and clear signage, the station encourages users to sort their waste into separate recycling streams and dispose of it responsibly. The station can be placed in the school canteen, playground, or any other high-traffic area to ensure that all pupils have access to it. Themed poster design competitions can be held, where the winning posters will be displayed on the recycling station.
Another key role in minimising our impact on the environment is reducing the waste we produce. We run workshops and assemblies where children have the opportunity to learn how to upcycle unwanted materials into something new and useful.
Using our tracking and reporting system, students and schools are able to compete against each other to see who can recycle the most amount of waste over a set period of time. Not only is this a motivator to get pupils excited about recycling, but it also helps them develop a sense of teamwork and community spirit.
We encourage pupils to continue their recycling behaviours at home by providing resources and support for parents to help integrate this into their daily routine. By making recycling a family activity, we hope to create a recycling culture that extends beyond the classroom.
The importance of educating children on recycling
Recycling is one of the most significant actions we need to take to protect the environment, and it’s something that everyone can do. By reusing materials and teaching correct segregation, we can save energy and natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on waste entering landfills.
The Anglian Green Scheme will help to instil good recycling habits from a young age and will educate children on the importance of recycling, as they are the future custodians of our planet.
Our first school to sign up to our latest initiative was Bawburgh School in Norfolk. After running a poster design competition amongst KS1 and KS2, our team visited the school to host an assembly where they announced the winners.
Asta (Kingfishers - Year 2) and Evie-Rose (Jackdaws - Year 4) were rewarded for their inspirational posters with Anglian goody bags and litter pickers, as well as having their designs printed onto their recycling station.
Zoe Courtney, Caretaker of Bawburgh School, said “It’s fantastic to see how Anglian Waste Recycling have helped to raise awareness for recycling among our pupils. Our students are having so much fun while they learn about this topic and it's wonderful to see them taking an active interest in protecting our environment.”
A massive thank you to CIM Signs & Graphics for kindly donating their time and materials to create the artwork for the Bawburgh School recycling station.
Join other schools across East Anglia
At Anglian Waste Recycling, we’re committed to promoting sustainable waste management solutions, and we believe that the Anglian Green Scheme is an important step in that direction. By working together with schools, parents and pupils, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and generations to come.
If you’re a teacher or parent in the East Anglia region and you’re interested in learning more about the Anglian Green Scheme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d be more than happy to discuss how we can work together to promote recycling and environmental awareness in your school or community.
Let’s work together to create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable future for generations to come.