Education activities and resources

There are many great sources of education activities and resources. We hope you find the following of interest.

Local Education Authority (LEA) and Academy schools can arrange waste and recycling collections, including for food waste, through Somerset County Council. Please phone Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 for more information and assistance.

Other non LEA schools make their own arrangements for collections and may find SWP’s Business Recycling page helpful.

Somerset Waste Partnership has had links with the Carymoor Environmental Trust since 2002. The trust is a local charity which provides recycling, waste and environmental education in Somerset.

Carymoor’s outreach education team can provide class-room activities both in schools and at the Carymoor Environmental Centre, including workshops and tours of a working landfill site at Dimmer, near Castle Cary.

For more information about the great activities offered by Carymoor, including environmental education for primary and secondary schools, after schools clubs, INSET training and school grounds advice, visit the Carymoor website.

You can also download a leaflet which gives an overview of the primary school service, both in school and at Carymoor.

A colourful educational pack is available on food waste and the science behind Somerset’s anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Bridgwater.

Somerset Waste Partnership commissioned Carymoor Environmental Trust to produce the food waste education pack along with a worksheet on ‘burping bacteria’ from the duo behind best-selling Horrible Science books, writer Nick Arnold and artist Tony De Saulles.

As well as educating Somerset pupils about technology and biology, the pack aims to help children encourage families to recycle food waste rather than add it to their refuse bin. Aimed at Key Stage Two pupils aged seven to 11, the pack includes lesson plans, key facts and educational games to explore where food comes from, and how it can be recycled.

You can download copies of the pack and a PowerPoint presentation to kick off the topic from Carymoor Environment Trust. Printed copies were sent to primary schools throughout Somerset and a small number are available on request for those wishing to use them on educational projects with schools or youth groups in Somerset. Contact Carymoor for more information.

Bag2school.com – school textile recycling scheme

Circular Economy – free educational resources from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Eco Schools – international awards to guide schools on their sustainable journey

Go Green Week 2017 – environmental website aimed at students

Junk Wise – a recycling guide for children and teachers

Keep Britain Tidy – education resources

Love Your Clothes – national campaign to raise awareness of clothing

Recycle Guide – general educational recycling guides

Recycle More – one stop recycling information

RecycleNow Schools – national recycling information

The Pod – Teaching resources for understanding energy, science and sustainability

Alupro – aluminium recycling

British Aerosol Manufacturers Association – aerosol recycling

Every Can Counts – can recycling

LMB – textile recycling

Recolight – lightbulb recycling

Recoup – plastic bottle recycling

Think Cans – can recycling