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Waste Nothing Schools Challenge

Primary schools across the city are taking the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge. Students are being challenged to think outside the box to help Bristol waste nothing. Hopefully, by taking part, schools and families all learn a little something along the way!

If you think your school, or your children’s primary school is up to the challenge, you can contact us today! Simply email the Bristol Waste Schools team at with your school’s details.

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What is the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge?

It’s a take-home challenge to educate and encourage school pupils and their families to reduce waste and recycle more at home.

The project invites the whole classroom to think differently about what we waste by challenging pupils with five fun missions set in a booklet. Once each mission is completed pupils will be rewarded with a sticker. The children will be helped along the way by a crack-team of “Zero Waster” fun characters.

Take the challenge!
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Who is the challenge for?

The challenge is aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 primary school children and is designed to support other parts of the curriculum.

We want to inspire children to reduce waste, not litter and recycle more in the household. The challenge provides ready prepared fun resources that any primary school can access to help them waste nothing.

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What does the school receive for taking the challenge?

All schools that complete the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge receives a certificate to put in pride of place. This showcases how you are engaging students in caring about the planet and its resources.

Every student who participates will get Zero Waster stickers for completing each challenge (provided with your challenge booklet).

Why not make it even more fun and competitive? Schools can award house or class points for exceptional engagement!

Waste Nothing Schools booklet completed by students taking parts in the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge

Schools that have taken part

Victoria Park Primary School, Bedminster, took the challenge in October 2021. During this month eleven schools enrolled with more than 3,000 families participating in the challenge.

Knowle DGE Academy took the challenge in March 2021. Eight schools completed the missions In March 2021 with 2,676 children participating.


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Thanks to our sponsors

The Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club sponsored our Waste Nothing Schools Challenge trial.

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Want your school to take part in the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge?

All you need to do is register your interest. Simply send your school's details to or use the link below.

My young person wants to take the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge

Great news, your young person is getting involved in something really important and leading the way for Waste Nothing Schools!

We give each child a Waste Nothing Schools Challenge booklet with five challenges to complete. It’s more fun and easier to complete these as a family and great to get the whole household involved. We want to see everything you’ve done on the challenges, so fill in each page and be sure to hand it back to the teacher by the date set by your school.

You will then be awarded stickers for each completed challenge and the school can allocate house or class points for exceptional engagement.

  1. A waste free lunch
  2. Reuse activities
  3. Be a recycling boss!
  4. Slim your food waste
  5. Litter picking

A little more about litter picking

Be an advocate, explain to your friends and family why dropping litter is bad. You can read about the impact litter has, not only on wildlife, but our pets in our Litter Hurts campaign.

Stay safe:

  1. Litter pick when it’s safe. Don’t pick anything up with bare hands – if you don’t have a litter picker then use gloves
  2. Borrow a litter picking kit from us
  3. Don’t pick up sharp or nasty objects, they can be reported here
  4. Follow government social distancing guidance at all times

Make sure you show us what you’ve been up to via social. We love to see what students have managed to make and do with the challenges and it’s great to see everyone getting involved!

Be sure to use the hashtag #WasteNothing and tag us on social as we’ll share anything we spot.

Our social media handles are; Facebook: @bristolwaste, Twitter: @BristolWaste and Instagram: @bristolwastecompany

Need another copy of the challenge booklet? Simply contact us on

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Waste Nothing Schools Challenge booklet
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