NLWA launches waste prevention education hub for primary schools


North London Waste Authority (NLWA) launches the Education Hub, a collection of internal and external resources aiming to encourage waste prevention education within primary schools in north London.

The Education Hub features a range of resources including videos, lesson guides, assembly plans and handbooks, organised under six categories: the journey of waste, food, clothing, plastic, composting, and take action for the environment.

NLWA says the Hub was launched in response to its research project in 2022 with Keep Britain Tidy which aimed to identify priority areas of interest and gaps relating to waste prevention education in north London.

To celebrate the launch of the Education Hub, NLWA has invited schools to submit posters around the theme “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. NLWA says the top 30 entries will be professionally printed to form part of the construction fencing leading up to the new Reuse and Recycling Centre at the redeveloped Eco Park in Edmonton.

There’s a great opportunity to teach children about their community and how the waste we produce impacts climate change.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, NLWA Chair, commented: “There’s a great opportunity to teach children about their community and how the waste we produce impacts climate change – the objective of the Education Hub is to support local teachers and make waste reduction behaviours part of every north London school’s bread and butter, from a young age.

“The Hub is a fantastic directory that brings together some of the best educational resources out there and promotes interactivity. If every north London school integrated consumption and waste prevention into their curriculum, we’d be looking at a generation who see this as the norm and is empowered by their potential to mitigate climate impacts.”

NLWA says resources on the Hub have links to the national curriculum, including English, Science, Geography, Citizenship, and Art and Design, to make it easy for teachers and home school tutors to integrate environmental and waste prevention education into the syllabus.

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