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Pupils at Chingford primary to be taught importance of waste reduction

A new environmental awareness programme developed by the North London Waste Authority will aim to make a positive change to pupil, teacher and staff attitudes to recycling, reports Cosmic Thapa

Credit: North London Waste Authority

A Waltham Forest primary is one of seven schools to use a new outreach programme designed to increase environmental awareness and develop a ‘waste less, recycle more’ culture.

The programme, called In The Know, was developed by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), embedding waste education activities into primary schools to make a positive change to pupil, teacher and staff attitudes.

Parkside Primary School will receive two waste audits with the aim of reducing general waste and increasing recycling; stakeholder workshops for teachers, leadership and canteen staff; communication improvements to staff and parents; and long-term waste prevention planning with supporting materials for teachers.

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The in-depth programme, starting in September 2024, has been curated alongside teachers, and incorporates goals which aim to be ‘ambitious but attainable’. 

The borough of Waltham Forest will also be working closely with NLWA to ensure the school has the right waste and recycling infrastructure to enable successful waste reduction.  

In The Know is tailored to each school according to their specific needs, and is promised to be delivered in “a fun and interactive way”.

The scheme is intended to be a long-term, recurring initiative, in line with the NLWA’s commitment to preserve the planet’s resources.

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