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Waste, recycling and sustainability for schools

We provide support for all schools in Derbyshire, whether they are formal Eco Schools or not, to access learning opportunities about sustainable living, particularly reduce, reuse, recycle and waste minimisation.

All of these activities are offered free of charge to schools in Derbyshire.


Eco Day

A day of workshops and activities with a waste, recycling and environmental theme for key stage 1, key stage 2 or key stage 3.  This can provide activities for a whole school, whole key stage or whole year, depending on the size of the school. This is provided free of charge for schools in Derbyshire.

The waste watchers theatre and workshops

A professional theatre company delivers a theatre performance to the whole of year 8 (or through negotiation year 7) followed by a rolling programme of workshops for the whole year, including one or 2 groups at a time. Larger schools may request this for 2 days. This is provided free of charge for schools in Derbyshire.

Waste management and recycling advice

We'll help you achieve improvements in your waste management. We offer an advisory visit for schools to increase their knowledge on practical tried and successful techniques to reduce their waste, increase re-use, and recycle more.

Eco schools support

Visits and support are available from a dedicated eco schools officer to develop eco schools work and support environmental reviews, action planning and waste audits if schools choose to register with eco schools and work towards awards.

Field trips

If your school has its waste and recycling collected by Veolia as part of the corporate waste collection service we can arrange for you to take your pupils to visit the place where the recycling is sorted.

Bespoke teacher training workshops

If your school would like to have training about particular workshops or environmental educational packages for use in school, such as the open air laboratory resources, tailor made sessions can be delivered free of charge on inset days or in after-school staff meetings.


We offer 2 free compost bins for schools in Derbyshire (which have not already received them) and workshops to train 'compost champions' in practical composting.

Derbyshire recycles

Our service is tailored to the specific needs of Derbyshire residents. We do not offer these services and workshops to schools outside Derbyshire where there will be different waste and recycling priorities.

Read more about these topics on SchoolsNet. Or to book a service, contact Anne Welch, email: tel: 01629 539792.