Guidance for

Engaging with staff and pupils

When setting up a recycling scheme engage with:

  • the person responsible for procuring goods and services;

  • caretakersor employees responsible for emptying internal bins into external containers, or who liaise with waste or recycling collectors;

  • cleaning staff to ensure waste is correctly sorted and to ask them to report issues such as overflowing bins or contamination to the caretaker or management team. They can also advise if you have the correct waste capacity or need more;

  • catering staff in on-site kitchens to reduce avoidable food waste via portion control and production of excess and unavoidable food waste;

  • Facilities Management providers (if used) to ensure recycling services are provided;

  • grounds or estates staff who need to know about changes to collections, and the locations of bins they will use when completing their duties i.e., litter picking or emptying external litter bins;

  • teaching staff and Eco Schools Co-ordinators who can link lessons to those recycling activities which pupils need to get involved in and

  • Sustainability Officers (common in higher and further education settings), who usually report and engage on environmental and sustainability issues such as waste management.

Use our resources when engaging with your employees, pupils or students.