The Waste Initiatives team at Leicestershire County Council are keen to increase our engagement with schools

We have a range of interactive engagement activities for schools to use on waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting. These can either be brought for a workshop or borrowed for a short period.

If you are interested in using these resources, would like more information or would like to provide feedback on how we can engage better with yourselves, please contact or call Tel: 0116 305 7005.

We are also always looking for ways to improve them and understand which resources and methods of engagement work best so we would welcome your feedback.

All of our resources are free to Leicestershire schools and academies, ranging from assemblies and workshops to downloadable resources and projects to help inspire students to be more aware of their environmental impact and what happens to their rubbish.

We currently offer face to face assemblies and workshops on the following topics:

  • The importance of recycling
  • Reducing packaging and single use items, including how to put together a packaging free lunchbox
  • Composting
  • Reducing food waste

We would usually suggest allowing 15 to 20 minutes for an assembly and 45 mins to one hour for a workshop.

Pre-recorded presentations & Assemblies

We also offer access to the following pre-recorded video presentations which can be watched online during assemblies or within the classroom:

  • Recycling (7 minutes):  Information around the importance of recycling; what happens to your recycling once it leaves your home and the issues around putting the wrong things in the recycling bin.
  • Composting (5 minutes): This covers the benefits of composting; how the process works and what items to put in. We also offer guidance (and more detailed videos) for parents and teachers.
  • Food Waste (4 minutes): This covers the impact of food waste; why it’s important to not throw food away and tips on reducing your own food waste at home.
  • Love Your Clothes (5 minutes):  Facts and information on textile waste and advice on smart buying, care and repair, upcycling, re-fashion and responsible disposal.

Assemblies, workshops and the pre-recorded videos can be requested:

Other resources

We also have a range of free self-guided resources for you to download and use. These are available on our Leicestershire Traded Services website, and include our School’s Recycling Challenge which is designed to help schools in Leicestershire to improve their recycling performance.