Reducing waste provides schools with opportunites to make financial savings, as well as supporting the curriculum and engaging pupils with environmental issues. Resource Futures was commissioned by Devon County Council to develop and deliver a whole-school programme for secondary schools to elicit behaviour change as well as addressing practical steps for waste minimisation.
Resource Futures has helped us increase our recycling rate in just 6 months from 12% to 63%. Our school couldn’t have achieved this without the help of Resource Futures. We are now looking forward to working towards becoming an Eco School, something that seems much more realistic than it did a year ago.Clyst Vale Community College
Secondary schools produce an average of 22kg waste per pupil per academic year (WRAP ‘The Nature and Scale of Waste produced by Schools in England’ 2008). This is important because:
Resource Futures ran an intensive whole-school programme for secondary schools in Devon in 2013-4 which offered tailored support, training and expertise to enable them to make sustained behavioural and practical changes to reduce their residual waste.
Based on student waste audit data, the following results were achieved in 2013-4:
Tiverton High School (number on roll 1270)
Clyst Vale Community College (number on roll 970)