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Schools: Recycling

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department gives school governors on the setting up and running of on-site recycling facilities at schools; (271660)

(2) what proportion of schools provide on-site recycling facilities;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of arrangements for recycling in schools.

The Department published “A Governor’s Guide to Sustainable Schools” in June 2007 which is a practical guidance to help governors understand the benefits of a sustainable school. The strategies outlined are not only about auditing current patterns—from energy and water to food and drink—but also how to think creatively to build a sustainable future.

The Department has also published “Top Tips to reduce waste in schools” in May 2007. This document provides schools with ten tips on how to minimise waste and promotes recycling, including advice on working with local authorities and communicating with staff, school stakeholders and pupils.

The Department does not collect information relating to the number of schools which provide on-site recycling facilities or assessments on the arrangements for recycling in schools. The National Framework for Sustainable Schools allows schools to plot their own progress towards becoming a sustainable schools which could mean that schools will not follow the doorways route in the order which is published. We have also produced guidance to help self-evaluate and to plan their progress to becoming a fully sustainable school by 2020.