There are almost 300 schools in Dorset alone, so can you imagine how much waste this must create? To give you an idea, it’s estimated that the average secondary school produces 22kg of waste per pupil each academic year*. Times that by the number of pupils and it’s a lot of waste (we won’t attempt to work out that figure right now).
So, with this in mind how does all this waste get collected? That’s where AMS come in… with handy, cost-effective waste management options that are the perfect solution for local Dorset schools.
What types of waste do schools produce?
The list really is endless in terms of the waste that schools produce on a daily basis, with the most common types including:
- General waste
- Paper & cardboard waste
- WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) thanks to ever-growing IT and technology departments
- Hazardous waste in cleaning chemicals and chemicals in the science cupboard
- Food waste
What school waste solutions can AMS provide?
Our wheelie bin service is the most popular solution for schools as it’s reliable and flexible. We have bins available for every type of waste stream and also can provide a variety of different bin sizes to suit your waste needs.
The collection frequencies we offer are:
Here’s a solution we provided for Sherborne Girls School… We provided a complete waste management solution for the school and boarding houses. As you can imagine, the school is rather big and produces a wide range of waste types, therefore we had to come up with a practical solution that covered all of it. This included:
- Wheelie bins for general waste, dry mixed recyclables and food waste. There were over 50 bins on site in total.
- 35yd enclosed RoRo for cardboard
- 15yd RoRo for bulky waste
- Grab lorry to clear green waste (i.e. grass cuttings)
- Florescent Tube coffin
- Battery boxes (for various types)
- WEEE collection (loose)
- Hazardous waste collection services including fridges, TV’s, ink cartridges, chemicals
For one-off school projects, for example, building work or renovations, many of our school clients use our skips and/or RoRos.
AMS offers 4 sizes of skips suitable for school waste, our smallest skip is 4 yards and can hold the equivalent of 40 filled black bin bags. The next sizes up are a 6 yard skip which holds around 60 black bin bags, or an 8 yard skip that will hold around 80 full black bin bags. For larger school projects, AMS can provide a 12 yard skip, which will hold the equivalent of 120 filled black bin bags.
Alternatively, if your school is embarking on a project that might require something more than a skip, we can provide a rollon rolloff container. Our RoRo’s can collect a range of waste and we have a range of sizes available.
Where does AMS take the waste?
We work closely with Commercial Recycling for all our waste disposal requirements. They have a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy which means your school can rest assured that once you’ve done your part by separating the waste, it’s being taken care of.
How has AMS supported Dorset schools?
School science departments often produce chemical and hazardous waste which needs to be disposed of correctly and at a licensed disposal facility.
We have recently worked with St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury to clear out all of their old chemistry chemicals. And we have previously worked with Parkstone and Poole Grammar Schools to dispose of their WEEE and hazardous waste.
How can your school do more to dispose of waste properly?
Recycling is hugely important and teaching your students from a young age is vital to ensuring the world is looked after for future generations. If we can make young people passionate about the environment, this will rub off on their peers too.
It is your duty of care as a school to teach these children, we would recommend having accessible recycling stations available, using bright signage and possibly putting in a recycling scheme to support the children, this will help to incentivise them to recycle.
Ways to reduce your school waste:
- Reuse, reuse, reuse – can cardboard and packaging be reused for art projects? Stash all of these recyclables in a scrap paper drawer!
- Reduce paper waste by going digital – do those parent consent forms really need to be printed?
- Cut down on food packaging – request that lunches are bought in reusable lunch boxes as opposed to plastic packaging.
- Run a swap shop – things like textbooks and workbooks can be reused over and over again and students will enjoy getting involved with this.
You can speak to our team about this, who can give you some more pointers, call us on 01202 579579.
Contact AMS for school waste disposal
If you don’t think your school waste solution is as good as it could be, get in touch with AMS to discuss your options. We can arrange for one of our team to come and visit your school to gauge the best solution for you.
Whilst on our site visit, we will take into consideration the size of your school, number of pupils, and types of waste you produce before providing you with a no-obligation to commit quote.