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Recycle4schools information for teachers

Teacher and recycling bins. (External link and new window).

​​The Teachers' Area

Teachers at participating schools can register with the Teachers' Area. Once registered, you can log in and check how many pupils have completed the quiz with their families and which have earned their recycling wristbands.

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View completed quizzes (opens in a new window)

Testimonials from schools participating in

How does Recycle4schools work?

This educational programme is specially designed to teach year 5 pupils the importance of recycling along with practical examples of how to recycle at home.

One of our recycling officers will deliver a one-hour lesson in school at an agreed time during the academic year. This will be reinforced by asking the pupils' parents or guardians to take them through an online quiz at home. Take the quiz yourself (opens in a new window)

Each pupil can earn a colourful wristband by taking part. In addition, participating schools that reach an 80% response rate for their class completing the online quiz will be entered into a draw to win cash prizes of £500, £300 and £200.

How to take part

​Step 1

Contact us to arrange one of our experienced recycling officers to visit your year 5 class and take them through a one-hour lesson on recycling. All primary schools in Rochdale borough are eligible to participate.



Step 2

Our recycling officer will visit your school and deliver the lesson to your year 5 class. In addition, they'll also make sure you receive the following:

  • Recycling challenge invitation slips for your pupils to hand to their parents and guardians, plus spares.
  • A range of posters to help promote recycling in the household.
  • Access to our online recycling challenge quiz and Teachers' Area where you can keep track of the completed quizzes for your class.
  • Recycling wristbands to hand out to each year 5 pupil once they've returned their signed invitation slips.
  • Entrance into a prize draw to win £500, £300 or £200 for your school.

Step 3

After the lesson, our recycling officer will hand out a recycling challenge invitation slip to each pupil to take home to their parents or guardians. This asks them to go online and complete the interactive recycling quiz with their child. The parent will then sign the back of the slip and give it to their child to return to you.

Step 4

When you've received the signed reply slip, you can then hand the child their recycling wristband.

Step 5

Register at the Teachers' Area so you can log in whenever you like and keep track of which pupils have completed the quiz. Register or log in to view the completed quizzes (opens in a new window)

How to enter the draw

Cash prizes to be won

Your school will automatically be entered into the draw to win £500 on Sunday, 30 June 2019 as long as 80% of the school's year 5 pupils have completed the online quiz. First and second runner up schools will also receive £300 and £200 respectively.

You can keep checking the progress of your class at the Teachers' Area so you will know if any pupils need reminding and encouraging.

The draw will take place on Monday, 1 July 2019 and winning schools will be informed within 7 working days.

Read here for our full terms and conditions.

Why only year 5 pupils?

We've chosen year 5 pupils as our key target audience for the recycling classes after careful consideration and discussions with a number of local primary school head teachers.

It's our collective belief that children of this age are both enthusiastic and have a level of comprehension to learn the important lessons about recycling and to put into practice what they have learnt at home.

Testimonials from schools taking part in Recycle4schools 

“We are an Eco school that has seen success in many areas due to the help and support of the recycling officers at Rochdale Borough Council. Not least earning Green Flag status and achieving a phenomenal recycling rate of approximately 75%.”

Karen Bracken, Parkfield Primary School.

Learning resources on recycling

We encourage all teachers in Greater Manchester to access the huge store of free learning resources on recycling to use in their classes. This will help to support your school's curriculum on recycling.

Access the learning resources on the Recycle For Greater Manchester website

You can show your class how their recycling is sorted by watching this video together:

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