Dublin Local Authorities Help Schools – Sort Waste

Help to Sort School Waste

The 4 local authorities in Dublin have come together with the charity VOICE Ireland to partner on a project to help schools manage their waste better. 

Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council have created two new video guides based on best practices in school waste management. 

The ‘Sorted – How to Reduce, Segregate and Manage School Waste’ videos aim to assist schools to reduce waste and improve waste segregation.  

Schools encounter a complex and broad range of waste, from food to packaging. A fit-for-purpose strategy is required to manage this waste in a sustainable manner. Some of the major benefits schools can see from an effective and well-planned waste system include; reduced waste bills, less litter around the school, increased protection of the environment, reduced contamination and compliance with regulations.

Leading the Way

As schools play a major role in modelling good behaviour for children, a good recycling system and reuse strategy can also shape lifelong sustainable habits.  

However, planning an effective waste management system can be difficult within the demands of a busy school environment. To assist schools, two informative video guides have been created. Both videos were filmed at Howth Road Mixed National School, Dublin 3. These videos collect and share best practices from Irish primary and secondary schools.  


Video one is designed for staff and outlines the basic principles of a school waste system. For example, it explains how and where to install bin stations. The video outlines how schools can encourage sustainability and a circular economy on their campus. The circular economy aims to keep materials and products in use for as long as possible. Examples that have been proven to work in Irish schools include uniform swaps, book rentals and reusable water bottle initiatives.

Video two is designed to assist a pupil-led environmental or Green Schools committee seeking to improve recycling rates and tackle unnecessary waste in their school.   

The videos are freely available to all schools in Gaeilge and English and can be streamed online here

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop-off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts Fund, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

Recycle IT collect and safely recycle all types of electrical, electronic and metal items free from school in Dublin and surrounding areas.

For further details about our School Recycling Service, call us on 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit the Recycle IT website at www.recycleit.ie

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