Waste and recycling - education

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We work with a range of local people and groups to help promote recycling. This includes children and young people through our work in work with schools, youth groups and scouts, brownies and more. We also work with adult groups such as Women's Institute meetings and Rotary clubs.

Our waste education programme is delivered in partnership with RRS (Resource Recovery Solutions) as part of our waste disposal contract.

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Talks and activities

We can deliver interactive talks on recycling, littering and composting to classes and school assemblies. Our environmental talks and activities can be tailored so they meet the national curriculum criteria and fit in with the topic you are covering.

Each workshop contains a mixture of practical activities and group discussion to explore the topic. Here are some of the workshops we offer:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pupils are encouraged to explore how they can reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, all while learning more about the amazing products waste can be turned into. 
  • Composting Champions. This workshop gives pupils the practical skills to start composting at school as well as at home. It lets them explore the basics of composting, including where best to locate a composter, what to compost and how it works.
  • You're rubbish MOMO showWhere it comes from, where is goes (electrical waste). This workshop follows the journey of our electrical items from resource gathering and production through to disposal and recycling. It shows that there is more than meets the eye with items we take for granted every day. This workshop is suitable for KS2 only.

If you would like to request one of our workshops, please fill in our waste education workshop booking form.

For a limited time, we are also offering schools the chance to book a free recycling-themed performance run by the theatre company, MOMO. The performance, is called 'You're Rubbish!': an entertaining and visual show explaining to children the effect of rubbish in the UK, lasting for 30-40 minutes.

If your school is interested in finding out more or booking a show, feel free to email the team.

Colleges and universities

We work with students across Derby to try to educate them about waste and recycling.

Students from the University of Derby worked in partnership with FromDusk2Dawn in 2012, producing videos which highlight how much food we throw away.

Here is one of the videos they produced:

Community groups

We also deliver talks and presentations to community groups within Derby. Community groups include:

  • the Women's Institute
  • Guide and Scout groups.

Contact details

Post address:
Waste team
15 Stores Road
DE21 4BD
Phone: 0333 200 6981
Minicom: 01332 256666

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