Schools recycling service and resources

When are my school bins collected?

Pupils using our schools recycling service The latest  School recycling calendar - December 2020 - November 2021 (PDF 1MB) shows when we will empty your bins over the coming months. A hard copy of the calendar will also be sent to your school by post.

We will empty your blue-lidded container for recycling fortnightly and your green wheeled bins for food waste weekly.

What goes in my school recycling bins?

We collect the following materials for recycling in the blue lidded container:

  • Mixed plastics - for example, plastic bottles, plastic food trays and tubs
  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Paper
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food and drinks cartons (for example, Tetra Pak)
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Empty aerosols

We collect all food waste in your green wheeled bin. This includes cooked and uncooked meat and vegetable waste.

For more information on which bins to use for specific items, please visit our 'Which bin do I use?' page.

For information on how to set up and maintain an effective recycling scheme in your school, visit RecycleNow Schools.

For more information about the recycling service we offer to schools, please call 01442 228000 and ask for "Waste Services".

Composting for schools

Each school in the borough is entitled to claim two free composters and two kitchen caddies. These composters are a fantastic educational tool linking to the science curriculum and to the Eco-Schools award scheme.

For more information about claiming school composters, please email

Schools competition - Biodiversity Day 

Insect sit and study centreThis year the theme for World Biodiversity Day (on Saturday 22 May 2021) is "We’re part of the solution". Ensuring that our schools are able to participate locally is a big part of how we want to celebrate this message.

We ran a competition, that was open to all primary schools in Dacorum, for the chance to win a plant and insect sit-and-study centre (pictured). The study centre will make a great addition to any outdoor area, particularly in school gardens or near bug hotels. Setting up a project around the study centre can also be used towards an Eco-School award.

For further details on the competition, please read the  Biodiversity Day – Primary School Competition Terms and Conditions (PDF 393KB).

Schools newsletter - The SEED

The SEED (Supporting Environmental Education in Dacorum) is our newsletter for primary schools. It provides teachers with the latest local environmental news, campaigns, classroom ideas and links to free resources. If you are a local school or children's group, sign up to the mailing list, or if your school is taking part in any environmental projects, and you'd like to feature in the next edition of the SEED, please email

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Previous editions of The SEED can be download below:

School recycling talks

A photo of a woman teaching school children about recyclingWe are available to provide classroom talks, assemblies and activities. Please note at the moment all talks are done virtually but we aim to be adaptable and will try our best to cater to your requirements. The topics we cover include:


We introduce the four Rs - reduce, reuse, repair and recycle - explaining why we need to recycle and how we can put it into practice from day to day. We also promote our household recycling service to make sure that staff and students are recycling at home.


We explain what sustainability means in relation to following the waste hierarchy, why it is important to think about sustainability in our day-to-day lives and give some small steps students can follow at home to live more sustainably.

Litter awareness

We explain the different types of litter, and the consequences of throwing litter, such as its effect on the environment. We discuss what can be done to help the problem of litter. All talks are followed by a question and answer session. A litter pick on your school grounds can also be carried out after the talk.

To discuss what we can offer, please contact the Waste Services department on 01442 228000 and ask for 'Waste Services'.

Alternative school recycling schemes

There are a range of different free recycling schemes available to schools, including:

Terracycle - free Writing Instrument Recycling Programme.

Empties Please - ink cartridge recycling scheme pays your school to recycle.

School resources

Visit the WasteAware education pages to view and download the Challenge Waste pack, children's activity leaflet and other resources. Below are the "Mike and Molly" puzzle sheets. These sheets are fun activities you can use in the classroom including mazes, word searches and vocabulary activities.

Toy and book exchanges

Running a toy and book exchange in your school is a fantastic way to promote and educate your students about reuse. Our  Toy and Book Exchange advice sheet (PDF 556KB) has all the information you will need to run an event in your school.

Litter pick equipment loans

If you would like to host a litter picking event in and around your school, our Clean, Safe and Green department are able to help provide you with litter pick sticks, tabards and rubbish and recycling bags.

All equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis. We can also arrange for the bags of litter to be collected following your event.

If you would like to borrow equipment for a litter pick, please call 01442 228000 and ask for 'Clean, Safe and Green' or email

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