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All household recycling centres are currently closed due to Coronavirus.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the evening of Monday 23 March that everyone should stay at home to save lives, we have
closed all household waste recycling centres with immediate effect.
Recycling centres will not open from Tuesday 24 March onwards, for an indefinite period.
Visiting recycling centres is not included in the reasons for leaving home.
All households should make full use of their kerbside waste collection service, which your local council is making every effort to keep operational for your recycling, green and food waste and general waste.

Covid-19: Waste and Recycling Services

If you have suspected or confirmed Coronavirus and are self-isolating, you need to double bag your used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths and wait 72 hours before putting it out for collection. For more information visit our page here.

Composting in schools

composting in schoolsWhy should I compost?

Composting at school is a fun way to learn about nature while also reducing the amount of organic waste that your school produces. An added bonus is that you can actually get to see the end result of your efforts - the finished compost can be used to beautify your school's grounds.

Good compost depends on a variety of ingredients to make the right mix.

To get healthy compost and avoid a slimy mess infested with fruit flies you need to add 'brown' materials (torn up cardboard boxes, wood shavings or straw work well) each time you add your 'greens' (such as fruit waste). The ratio needs to be about 50:50. It takes your compost about a year to rot down, after which you'll need to use it!  Home-made compost is full of nutrients and perfect for beds or tubs around your school.

More information on composting:
Home composting 

Your compost heap should ideally:

  • Be placed in a partially sunny spot to help speed up the process
  • In an area that is well drained to allow water to drain out
  • On soil so that worms can get in and help break down the contents

If you have the bins (click the link below to see how your school can get free compost bins) but you don't know what to do, we can help. The Waste Minimisation Officer or one of our Master Composter volunteers can come out and give a practical demonstration on how to start and maintain your compost system in school. Please email waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk to contact us.

All Gloucestershire schools are able to claim two 330 litre compost bins free of charge.
(Please note that only one request may be submitted per academic year.)

In order to help you get the most from your new bin we recommend that you have a visit from one of our Master Composter volunteers who are able to offer advice about location of the bins, what materials to compost and getting the mixture right to enable your school to compost successfully.

To request bins and a visit please email waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk with the contact details for both yourself and your school. 


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