Wastebuster links with national initiatives

Building strong partnerships between schools, local authorities, local support networks and organisations that support schools on their path to sustainability is a key aspect of the Wastebuster project.

Recycle Now

Wastebuster's characters Busta & Pong feature in WRAP's Recycle Now Schools campaign and front WRAP's online resources for primary schools.

To register with Recycle Now and download these free resources, click here.

Healthy Schools

The Wastebuster programme links to the PSHE elements of the Healthy Schools programme to help children learn to live more sustainably by enjoying and achieving and making a positive contribution to their school and local community.

There are links between Wastebuster and the Healthy Schools programme in relation to extensive PSHE elements of the programme.

The Pod

The Pod – EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools

www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers that provides free resources about energy, waste, transport, water, biodiversity and climate science, including lesson plans, activities, games and information packs, all with cross curricular links. The Pod also runs national campaigns Waste Week and Switch-Off Fortnight, which are designed to help get the whole school, parents and the local community engaged in living a more sustainable life.

All Pod activities have been endorsed by Eco-Schools, and completing any activity on the Pod will help with a school’s application for a bronze, silver and green flag Eco-Schools award.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Wastebuster Education Centre visits are to be central aspect to children’s learning experience rather than as a bolt on to learning;

  • To provide young people with a memorable, inspiring and engaging experience outside the classroom, to transform learning and raise achievement.
  • To provide a means for children to learn in context, to learn by practical engagement, and to learn by personal discovery.
  • To better enable schools, local authorities and other organisations working with young people to manage activities safely and efficiently;
  • To demonstrate the unique contribution learning outside the classroom experiences make to young people’s lives;
  • To provide access to information, knowledge, expertise, guidance and resources;
  • To offer learning experiences of high quality;
  • To identify ways of engaging parents, carers and the wider community in learning outside the classroom.
  • To enable children to acquire new skills, work collaboratively with others and develop a better sense of themselves and their potential1.

1LOtC mission statement 2010

All Wastebuster education centres were awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge in 2010.