Waste Education Service

Waterbeach Waste Education Centre is a free to access educational service, which aims to increase understanding of waste issues and encourage actions to reduce its impact on the world around us. 

The Centre is run by a qualified teacher with significant experience of delivering waste educational activities. All school activities are linked to the National Curriculum. We also run activities for community organisations and businesses.

We offer:

  • Visits to Waterbeach Waste Education Centre and Waste Management Park (currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions)
  • Outreach visits to educational establishments and community groups
  • Attendance at community events
  • Online workshops and webinars
  • Downloadable resources
  • Advice on waste related issues

All our waste education services are free to access and use. 

Education Centre visits update

We have closed our Waste Education Centre in Waterbeach due to Covid-19. We are hoping to re-open in due course when restrictions allow. If you would like further information on the site tours or would like us to notify you when we are due to open the Waste Education Centre, please email Jonathan.Crisp@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Book a free recycling workshop

As we can't have visitors to our Education Centre due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have put together fun and engaging workshops for schools, community groups and businesses to learn about what happens to household waste and how we can all do more to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Our workshops are free to attend and we can tailor the content to suit individual group needs.

Taking place between Monday and Friday, we can deliver:

  • Online workshops over Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams
  • Outreach visits in person at your school or organisation's premises

Our workshops are designed with Covid-19 safety measures in place. 

Designed around the national curriculum, our workshop for school children lasts 30 to 40 minutes and and includes a simple craft making activity. The workshop is delivered by a qualified teaching professional.

The age range for the workshop is Year 1+ and we can accommodate a single class of 30 children plus teaching staff in our virtual meeting room. If school children are attending the online workshops from home, they must have a parent or adult carer present.

As well as school children, these workshops are open to youth groups and home learning students.

Workshop content

The content of the workshop includes:

  • Recycling fact quiz
  • Worksheets
  • Educational films
  • Recycling craft activity

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, the children will have a greater understanding of:

  • The size of waste / recycling / landfill needs
  • The process of waste sorting
  • Waste contamination and the detrimental effects, both financially and environmentally
  • Waste hierarchy

Curriculum links

  • Science KS2 / SC2 / 5F - understanding of microorganisms and the role they play in decomposition
  • Citizenship and PSHE KS2 / 2J and QCA unit 6 - communities and the sustainability of the environment
  • English and Literacy KS2 / EN1 / 3CD - learn to talk effectively with others. Qualifying and justifying their answers. Dealing politely with opposing point of view.
  • Design and Technology - KS2 / 3C and QCA unit 3 - challenge students to make things largely from waste materials

Designed around the national curriculum, our outreach visits for school children last 60 minutes. The workshop is delivered by a qualified teaching professional.

The age range for the workshop is Key Stage 2 and above. Each workshop accommodates a single class of 30 children plus teaching staff or we can deliver at a whole school assembly.

Our workshops are Covid-19 compliant and we can conduct them outside if preferred.

Schools can book up to six workshops split over two days (up to three per day).

We have also produced a range of downloadable materials which we make available after the booking.

As well as school children, these workshops are open to youth groups.

Workshop content

The content of the workshop includes:

  • Presentation followed by question and answer session on why we recycle and landfill
  • Recyclables film
  • Bin sorting activity - what each bin is for and what goes in each one
  • Recycling processing films and presentation

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, the children will have a greater understanding of:

  • The size of waste / recycling / landfill needs
  • The process of waste sorting
  • Waste contamination and the detrimental effects, both financially and environmentally
  • Waste hierarchy

Curriculum links

  • Science KS2 / SC2 / 5F - understanding of microorganisms and the role they play in decomposition
  • Citizenship and PSHE KS2 / 2J and QCA unit 6 - communities and the sustainability of the environment
  • English and Literacy KS2 / EN1 / 3CD - learn to talk effectively with others. Qualifying and justifying their answers. Dealing politely with opposing point of view.
  • Design and Technology - KS2 / 3C and QCA unit 3 - challenge students to make things largely from waste materials

The workshops we run for community groups and businesses include:

  • An overview of the importance of waste recycling in protecting our environment
  • A presentation and films on processes involved in sorting and recycling waste
  • Guidance on which household waste items you can recycle
  • Advice on what we can all do to minimise our household waste

The workshops last one hour and we can accomodate up to 30 people in our virtual meeting room.

We can conduct online workshops on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Testimonials:

'Your session last night was very well received. We have never had such an interactive meeting. The discussion was good. And your answers to questions very illuminating.' - Chesterton Garden Club

'Thank you on behalf of all the eight participants for your Zoom presentation last night. It was a perfect mix of information, entertainment and discussion.' - Willingham Sustainability

The workshops we run for community groups and businesses include:

  • An overview of the importance of waste recycling in protecting our environment
  • A presentation and films on processes involved in sorting and recycling waste
  • Guidance on which household waste items you can recycle
  • Advice on what we can all do to minimise our household waste

The workshops last around one hour and we can accommodate 15+ people.

We can conduct outreach visits on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Contact

For more information about the Waste Education Service or to arrange a workshop, please contact:

Jon Crisp
Waste Education Manager
Email: Jonathan.Crisp@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Mobile: 07795 052 043

Classroom at Waterbeach Waste Education Centre containing table and chairs and screen
Waterbeach Waste Education Centre