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Recycling in schools and school visits

Schools recycling

We offer rubbish and mixed recycling collections to all schools in the Dorset Council area. Materials that are collected for recycling are paper, cardboard, tins, cans and aerosols, plus plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. Contact the Dorset Waste Partnership for more details or to set up a collection.

Composting in schools

Composting is very good for the environment and a wonderful experience for children. A compost bin provides a great experience to work on:

  • minibeasts
  • helping plants grow
  • habitats
  • improving the environment
  • food chains
  • adaptation

Free compost bins for schools

Dorset schools can have up to two free 330 litre or 220 litre compost bins plus two lidded caddies for collecting waste. If you would like to order some bins then please contact us. Please note that you will need to arrange a time when a Waste Education Officer can talk to the pupils and staff about composting before your compost bin is delivered.

Book a school composting visit

Fill out the form to book a free visit from the Dorset Waste Partnership's Recycling Team and order some compost bins

School visits


We are able to provide assemblies suitable for age ranges from 4 up to 13 years.

We cover the topics: reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, but we can adapt the assembly to focus on a particular topic, if this is more appropriate.

Class visits

We offer a range of different workshops for Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2.

We can also provide class visits suitable for nursery aged children and students older than 11 years.

Waste audits

A waste audit will inform you about the most common types of material types that your school throws away. This will help to give you an idea about what could be recycled, reduced, reused or composted.

Along with a small group of pupils, we will sort through a day's worth of waste from the school, sort them into different material types and weigh these. We will provide all of the equipment required.

We will also give you with a summary of the results that are found and make suggestions on reducing your waste, based on these findings.

Book a free school visit

Fill out the form to book a free school visit from the Dorset Waste Partnership's Recycling Team.

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