In 2005-06 a comprehensive waste management system was implemented across the Department for Education and Skills, the predecessor to the Department for Children Schools and Families. The aim of the system was to segregate as many waste streams as possible for reuse and recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to the lowest possible level.
Between 2004-05 and 2006-07 the Department reduced the total amount of waste produced by 13.1 per cent. and recycled 55.8 per cent. of all waste. In 2006/07, 38.6 per cent. of waste produced was sent to landfill compared to 51.5 per cent. in 2005/06.
The use of disposable products and packaging is kept to a minimum and as much of this is recycled as possible. Examples of the waste streams that are segregated and recycled include plastic and metal beverage and food containers as well as glass bottles and jars.