The amount of waste recycled has increased signifcantly but this figure is still lower than some of our neighbouring EU countries, where some are recycling over 70% of their waste.
There is still a great deal of waste which could be recycled that ends up in landfill sites which is harmful to the environment.
Alongside basic paper, plastic and glass recycling consider ways to reduce and re-use the waste you produce at church and at home including food waste, energy waste and water waste. WRAP has useful resources. It's also worth thinking about what you do in terms of the waste hierarchy as shown below.
If you are planning an extension or new facilities consider using a waterless toilet. If you want to seek advice from a congregation who have already installed you can also find a map of waterless toilets in churches here.
The school has so far recycled cards, old mobile phones and ink cartridges while learning about the importance of reusing and reducing waste.
Take a look at the free EcoSchools resources.