Getting some accurate information on the resources your school is wasting will help you:
- decide what waste reduction measures you should take
- measure your progress and your savings
A waste audit can be as simple as appointing a team to walk through the school, recording what they see happening, or making a giant pie chart of the school’s rubbish. A larger school may choose to employ a consultant to conduct a full-scale audit. Whichever method you choose, allowing the students to come up with solutions to the problems they have discovered will increase their sense of ownership and responsibility. Presenting the findings to everyone, including the Board of Trustees, school assembly, and families via the school newsletter, will strengthen support for and interest in the programme.
Check out this guide on how to run a waste audit from Waste Not.