P-05-1023 Welsh Government funding for recycling bins and collections in all education settings in Wales



P-05-1023 Welsh Government funding for recycling bins and

collections in all education settings in Wales


This petition was submitted by Kathryn Davids having collected a total of 81 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

Presently, councils in Wales charge schools to collect recyclable waste. With limited annual funding this is a cost that schools find difficult to meet. As a result, a huge amount of recyclable waste is going into landfill as recycling bins and collection are not provided.


In April 2019, the Welsh Government declared a climate emergency, yet teachers and learners are not able to contribute to reducing their carbon emissions in their place of work or learning. Many teachers take recycling from their classrooms to recycle at home, or Eco Clubs in schools collect waste, but there needs to be consistency nationally, so that recycling becomes a habit at home and at school.


I am calling for Welsh Government to provide funding to enable this to happen across the country, to really show their motto of being a small country with big ambition.


Additional Information:

​It is a complete paradox that we are educating pupils to live more sustainably and be more environmentally conscious, but in the very places they learn about these issues, they cannot carry out these actions.


The Successful Futures Curriculum aims for all learners to be ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the World. Recycling should be achievable in all schools as part of being an ethical citizen, especially in a country that ranks second in the world for recycling household waste.


Recycling in all schools has to be an integral part of the Welsh Government's aim to be zero waste by 2050 and be part of the Low Carbon Plan for Wales.


This has to be about more than just personal responsibility and about enabling and empowering our young people to act and make positive choices and, for educators and all who work in schools to be able to follow through on the messages they are giving to our young people.


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This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 13/10/2020.


The Committee considered the petition for the first time and, in light of the funding available through the Circular Economy Fund and the satisfaction of the petitioner, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner for bringing the issue forward.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 13/10/2020.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Pontypridd
  • South Wales Central


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 14/09/2020