Recycling & Waste

Recycling & Waste

Bradford Council Recycling & Waste Services

School Waste Collections

General Refuse:

Bradford Council Trade Waste Service provides a comprehensive waste service to businesses in the Bradford district, including schools. A range of bin sizes are available and can be emptied as often as required.

For more details click Trade Waste


All schools that have a trade waste disposal contract with Bradford Council (see above) can also access the same free fortnightly recycling service as provided to residents in the district. The service provides the collection of paper, cardboard and glass, cans and plastic bottles in 240ltr wheeled bins (domestic size bins), schools can have as many bins as required to meet their disposal needs.

Should schools require a weekly service of paper and cardboard this can be arranged, but note this is a charged for service, details on application.

Schools can also request battery buckets for recycling domestic style batteries, which are emptied on request.


Tips to reduce school waste

Most school waste is made up of food and catering waste and paper and packaging.  The average secondary school produces 22kg of waste per pupil each academic year. The figure for primary schools is even higher at 45kg per pupil.

  • Always print and copy double-sided ensuring this is the default setting on printers and copiers.
  • Avoid sending multiple letters home to parents, particularly if more than one sibling is at the school,  try electronic communications instead to reduce the need for paper altogether.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Use scrap paper trays, put them in classrooms and places where paper is generated, the scrap paper can then be used for making notes or even used in craft activities.
  • Encourage waste-free lunches by cutting down on food packaging, single-use and disposable items, and so on. This can focus on packed lunches as well as school dinners
  • Encourage pupils to use reusable water bottles and flasks for drinks.
  • Compost fruit and vegetable peelings. Discounted compost bins are available at or call 0844 571 4444



Waste Education

Unfortunately Bradford Council no longer provides a designated waste education program to schools, however occasionally we may be able to provide some support.

Below is information to help teachers plan their own waste education sessions. Please also look at the information online at for guidance regards the recycling & waste service that is provided to residents in the Bradford District, as recycling services differ for each local authority.  Always try to promote these local messages and encourage pupils to recycle at home and at school.

Teacher & educational resources:




Contact Details

For further information please contact Bradford Council Recycling & Waste Team                                                              

Tel: 01274 431000 or visit




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