Schools: Recycling

Department for Education written question – answered at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she had taken to implement plans for schools to have seven separate bins before the Prime Minister announced on 20 September 2023 that this policy would not go ahead.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education had not taken any steps to implement plans for schools to have an increased number of bins. The new Simpler Recycling policy will ensure that Local Authorities and other waste collectors retain the flexibility to collect the recyclable waste streams in the most appropriate way for the schools that they service.

In the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for the education system the Department has set out its commitment to supporting schools in their alignment with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Resources and Waste Strategy to reduce all waste, moving away from single use items and towards re-usable alternatives, wherever possible.

The Department will support schools to establish climate action plans, which will set out the action they will take to enable greater sustainability in how their setting operates, including waste management.

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