Pupils and parents at St Saviour’s Infant School in Bath are getting top marks for recycling rubbish ahead of the new every-other-week rubbish collection service being rolled out from next week.

St Saviour’s Infant School is a Green Flag Eco-School and recycles all of its food, paper, cardboard, plastic and cans as well as composting fruit waste to use on the school’s kitchen garden. Pupils are nominated as Recycling Champions with one in every class to make sure the right things go in the right containers.

Sophie Hunt, Deputy Headteacher, explained, “As a Green Flag Eco-School we feel it’s essential to educate our children for the future. Everyone has a part to play in maintaining and preserving where we live in both our immediate area and also globally. We want our children to understand how their contribution affects the world around us and how by recycling in their every day school life, they can see how this fans out into the wider world.”

With recycling a way of life within the school, staff and pupils hope it will become a way of life within the wider community. Louise Holloway, a parent and teacher at St Saviour’s, has been getting ready by recycling more of her food. She said, “I’ve got better at recycling now that I have a food waste bin for all our food waste and I encourage the children to do the same. I keep the bin outside the back door and transfer the food to this often. I was reluctant to recycle food waste at first but now knowing that food will still be collected every week, it has made me more proactive.”

The new rubbish collection service starts from Monday 6 November. From then on residents will have their rubbish collected every other week in either wheelie bins or re-usable rubbish bags. Now that it’s collected every other week, some will have the first of their new rubbish collections in week and some will have their first new collection the following week. Recycling and food waste will continue to be collected every week.

You can find out more about the new service by going to www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle or by contacting Council Connect (email hidden; JavaScript is required 01225 39 40 00). Further information about the service can also be found at the Waste Services Facebook page www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes.