NLWA launches new school programme to raise waste prevention awareness


North London Waste Authority

North London Waste Authority has launched a new in-school programme to help raise children’s environmental awareness and develop a “waste less, recycle more” culture within schools.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) said it developed the In The Know outreach programme following a research project into waste minimisation in 61 primary schools in 2022.

The project, carried out in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, identified the need to embed waste education and minimisation activities into primary schools.

In The Know is a first-of-its-kind programme for the authority, NLWA said and has been developed in partnership with teachers.

Boroughs will work closely with the authority to ensure that the schools have the right waste and recycling infrastructure to enable successful waste reduction, NLWA said.

Participating schools will receive two waste audits eight months apart to reduce general waste and increasing recycling.

The programme will also host stakeholder workshops for teachers, leadership and canteen or premises staff.

In The Know also involves upgrading signage and communications to staff and parents, and long-term waste prevention planning with supporting materials for teachers, NLWA said.

Delivery of In The Know will begin in September 2024 with seven schools participating initially.

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