Children picking up litter

Education resources for Surrey schools

Schools have the power to change the mindset of an entire generation, which is why it’s so important to teach them about waste, recycling and the environment. Lessons learned today about how to waste less and recycle more will benefit the environment tomorrow.

Below you can find some links to crafty waste reduction and recycling activities that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. You’ll also find some links to other resources that may help you plan activities in your school to teach children about waste, recycling and the environment.

School craft activities
Wastebuster, a non-profit environmental education programme, has created some great waste and recycling craft activities that schools can download to create fun sessions in the classroom. All you need to do is sign up for a free Wastebuster account and the click on the links below to download the activities.

Play our waste sorting game
This online, interactive game can be played by children of any age. Players are presented with items they are throwing away and have to guess which bin it goes in.

Further resources
The following websites may provide resources, advice and information to help schools plan activities in the classroom related to waste, recycling and the environment.

  • Eco Schools – a simple environmental management system that empowers young people to introduce and lead environmental actions and education in their school.
  • WRAP – Wrap works with businesses, governments, citizens and charities to make the planet a healthier, safer place.
  • ReduceReuseRecycle – a magazine website dedicated to topics relating to green issues, recycling and the environment.
  • Sparklebox – a website with thousands of free teaching resources for Early Years and Primary School teachers.
  • Twinkl – a website with educational resources that can be used at each step of a child’s learning journey.
  • Seed – sustainability and environmental education charity with resources that enable and empower children, young people, and adults to learn about sustainability and climate change at home.
  • Keep Britain Tidy – charity that aims to eliminate litter, end waste and improve places.
  • BBC Teach – website with thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.