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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 will 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. Once each mission is complete, pupils will be rewarded with a sticker. The children will be helped along the way by our crack-team of “Zero Waster” 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 to recycle more in their household. The challenge provides fun resources that any primary school can access to help them waste nothing.

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.

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What does the school receive for taking part?

All schools that complete the Waste Nothing Schools Challenge will receive a certificate. This showcases how your school is engaging students in caring about the planet and its resources.

Every student who participates will get a Zero Waster sticker 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

The winning schools

Victoria Park Primary School, Bedminster, won our second Waste Nothing Schools challenge. During this month eleven schools enrolled with more than 3,000 families participating.

Knowle DGE Academy won our first Waste Nothing Schools challenge. Eight schools completed the missions with 2,676 children participating.


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Thanks to our sponsors

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

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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 for them 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 make sure to fill in each page and hand it back to the teacher by the date set by your school.

You will be awarded stickers for each completed challenge and your 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

We would love it if you can show us what you’ve been up to via social. It is great to see what students have managed to make and do with the challenges!

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

Do you need another copy of the challenge booklet? Download one below or contact us on

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Waste Nothing Schools Challenge booklet
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