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Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) grants are available for and (b) assistance is offered by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies to schools and colleges for the promotion of education about recycling. (73860)

On 15 May the Department launched a consultation for a framework of action for schools to become models of sustainable development in their communities. One of the key areas covered is developing sustainable policies on purchasing and waste by increasing recycling and conservation. The consultation will run until 1 September. By 2020, our aim is for all schools to be models of resource efficiency, recycling, repairing and reusing as much as possible.

Our sustainable schools website being launched on 9 June will include a section on grants available to promote sustainable development projects in schools. The site identifies approaches to the challenge of sustainability, award schemes, learning resources, training opportunities, research and local support.