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Recycling: Education

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided to improve education about recycling in schools in the last five years. (253695)

Education about recycling in schools comes within the National Framework for Sustainable Schools which was launched in May 2006. The Department's spending on sustainable schools has been to date:

Financial year 2006-07: £600,000

Financial year 2007-08: £1,015,000

And we have forecast to spend in 2008-09:

Financial year 2008-09: £1,015,000.

Since 2006, the Department has provided support to schools by producing a Top Tips guide for reducing waste; a guide to Bursars which includes advice on waste minimisation and recycling which could save schools' money; and a Carbon Detectives' Kit (carbon footprint tool) which enables young people to investigate their school's sustainability performance and supports them in finding ways to improve it.

Investigations into waste and recycling are included in the Carbon Detectives' Kit.