Recycling and waste resources for schools

There are lots of resources schools can use to teach children about recycling and waste.

Recycle Now

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The Recycle Now website includes school packs and lesson plans for primary and secondary schools. Many of the lesson plans and activity suggestions given for Key Stage 1 can be adapted for pre-school children.

Bring your class to a materials recycling facility and find out what happens to your recycling.

Our Bodmin materials recycling facility offers tours for groups of up to 40 people. Our Pool materials recycling facility offers tours for groups of 10 or less. We can also arrange tours of other facilities, such as landfill sites.

There are also open days for individuals and families the last Friday of every month.

To book a school visit or a space at an open day, ring 01726 828230 or email

You can find more information and resources for schools on these websites:

  • Love Food, Hate Waste - Food waste reduction campaign run by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
  • Sita Cornwall - Waste management and recycling provider
  • Keep Britain Tidy - General information about how street rubbish is dealt with
  • Friends of the Earth - Curriculum linked lesson plans and activities
  • Recycle More - Useful site for both children and teachers with resources to download for primary and secondary school classroom activities
  • Salvation Army – A pack designed to boost recycling in schools and colleges and raise awareness of textile recycling and its impact on the environment