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How to improve sustainability in schools

As children entered back into the classrooms this September, many teachers had the agenda of sustainability as a priority. Young children have the potential to change the way the UK deals with food waste as we work towards a greener future; as the capacity for change lies in the hands of those sat in the classrooms rather than the ones teaching the lessons. Children are unfortunately the ones who will be most affected by the climate crisis, as the future they will live in will be a result of their sustainability efforts in school. To be top of the class, the work must start now.


2021 has seen the most alarming reports of the climate crisis to date, and action needs to be taken by all if the UK is going to reach its net zero goals. Schools can be more sustainable by making food recycling a regular part of day-to-day life. Research shows that primary schools generate around 45kg of waste per pupil every academic year and 22kg at secondary schools.


Early education on food recycling and conscious consumption can help reduce rates of waste that each student produces each year. Schools have the power to educate and engage pupils on being climate conscious and if the message is made prominent within schools, it would undoubtedly be passed onto parents of the children attending schools.


All schools can become sustainable by recycling any leftover food from school mealtimes and educating everyone on how to reduce food waste. Monitoring how much food is needed every day is crucial to avoiding any unnecessary waste.


Like anywhere that handles a large amount of food daily, some food waste is unavoidable. At Warrens we partner with schools to make sure any food waste will be recycled and turned into clean energy. For the past five years, Warrens has worked with 30 schools in Middlesbrough to collect their unavoidable food waste and convert it into biofuel. The partnership has led to streamlined general waste, sending far less to land fill than previously and pushing the importance of eco-friendly schools in the area


Future generations learning about the processes of food waste recycling will ensure that they are aware of the importance of sustainability in everyday life. Learning about the processes of food waste recycling will make generations aware of the importance of sustainability day to day.


In order to reach net zero, a collective effort is needed. Schools taking the step to focus on food waste recycling would be following in the footsteps of the businesses and councils around them which are already making strides in reducing their contributions to landfill, and the costs associated with it.


If you are a leader looking to make your school more sustainable then you can talk to the team about making food waste recycling a regular part of your day to day.