17 October 2011

A total of 98 per cent of Northamptonshire schools now engage in some form of recycling according to figures compiled by The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership waste education team.

The news comes as the authority showcases its newly refurbished waste education centre and waste education bus and celebrates being awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge over the summer.

Both the bus and the centre are key in delivering the important environmental messages of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting outside of the classroom.

The waste education centre at the Westbridge Depot in St James Northampton can be used by schools and community organisations to learn about the importance of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

While the waste education bus travels to primary schools throughout the county as a mobile classroom, which contains interactive games, questions and fun activities.

A fully trained teacher will also visit both primary and secondary schools to deliver a more detailed waste workshop for all abilities.

Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member for environment, said: “It’s excellent news that we now have 98 per cent of schools recycling in one way or another and it goes to show all the good work which is going on to emphasise how important it is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“By educating young people about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting we are making sure the next generation is best informed.

“I’d like to thank all the pupils, staff and parents who have worked so hard to improve the recycling rate.”

The waste education centre opened in 2002, while the waste education bus first went on the road in 2003.

In 2006 the number of schools which recycled was 77 per cent and by 2007 the figure had increased to 88 per cent.

Schools or community groups interested in booking a member of the waste education team can go to www.slimyourbinatschool.co.uk or contact Kirsten Grundy on 01604 237633.

It currently costs the county council £78 per tonne to dispose of household waste to landfill (including £56 of landfill tax).
But next year 2012/13 it will cost approx £87 per tonne (including the landfill tax which is set to rise by £8 to £64 per tonne).

The county council currently sends about 180,000 tonnes of household waste to landfill (and recycles about 150,000 tonnes).