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Free recycling for schools

Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland City Councils and Singleton Council are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill from our local schools. By subsidising the School Recycling Program FREE of charge (conditions apply) they are supporting our schools to educate students with the skills to minimise waste and understand the value and importance of sustainable living.

Schools can now recycle many of the items found in playground, canteen and staffroom waste through the service as well as their paper and cardboard and containers and bottles don’t need to be washed or rinsed  – as long as they are empty.

How Many Free Recycling Bins Can Your School Obtain?

All public and private, primary and high schools in the HRR member Council areas are eligible for a minimum 3 x 240 litre bins (which many Schools already have). Since July 2013 schools with over 500 students have been eligible to apply for an additional free bin per 100 students or have the option of exchanging the recycling bins for one free 3m³ comingled recycling skip (conditions apply).

Schools must complete the School recyling bin registration form to be involved in the new program that commenced in 2013 or to request additional bins they are eligible for. By registering schools commit to providing waste minimisation and recycling education programs to students and complete the Annual Report in Term 4 of each year. Details are outlined in the School Information Pack .

No: Students No: Free Recycling Bins
 <500  3
 501-600 4
 601-700 5
 701-800 6
 801-900 7
 901-1000 8
 1001-1100 9
>1101 10

Additional bins over the free allocation are available at a small annual fee. Please contact your Council for charges.

Schools with over 500 students are eligible to apply for a 3m3 mixed recycling skip, in exchange for the recycling bins.

This will be subject to the availability of clear access and space for the safe movement of the collection vehicle and bins that is clear of power lines and with a surface capable of carrying a load of 13 tonnes.  Complete the Bin Request Form and return to HRR or call 1800838884.

Need Help Getting Your
School Recycling Program Going ?

Our Education Coordinator is here to support you to successfully implement comingled recycling across the School and is available to visit your School and provide recycling presentations for students, staff and parent groups at no charge.

Setting up an easy to use recycling and waste minimisation system in the classroom and playground can reduce general waste and provide substantial savings for Schools to spend on other projects! We can offer a range of learning activities across the KLAs, as well as support with strategies to implement comprehensive recycling programs.

  • Do You Recycle Right? DVD has been distributed to all schools. Additional copies are available on request.
  • waste audit kit is available for schools to borrow on application.
  • Hunter the Recycling Retriever the Recycle Right mascot is also available for school visits.

For more information contact the HRR Education Officer , Email: [email protected] or call the Recycling Hotline 1800 83 8884

Recycling Bin Request - Schools Program

  • To continue the free recycling service, schools must complete an annual report and commit to implementing waste reduction and recycling programs within the school as required by Council.
  • Ownership of the bin/s remains with Solo Resource Recovery.
  • Bins are identified by serial number and are not transferable.

Hunter Resource Recovery looks forward to working with your school to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Right!