Posters & Signage

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Posters & Signage



Hint: The posters are in PDF format. You should have Adobe Reader installed to view the posters properly.


This document introduces the Recycling for Charity Schools Marketing materials and provides simple guidance on how to use them.


There are a range of awareness posters which schools can use. These are aimed at the following groups:

  • primary school pupils
  • secondary school pupils
  • school staff and
  • “Why Recycle?” posters which you can choose to use with any audience.

The awareness posters can be displayed in classrooms, on notice boards, in corridors, foyers, offices, staffrooms, halls, or anywhere else in the school where there are members of the school community who you would like to encourage to take part in the recycling scheme.

The posters can be downloaded and printed off using a colour printer. We recommend that they are printed A3 size using recycled paper.

Schools can personalise Primary School Poster 3 by adding a photograph of the recycling containers which are used at their school together with the recycling monitors, or similar pupils and members of staff that are involved in looking after the school’s recycling scheme.

Please make sure that you use a 6×4” landscape photograph to fit the space on the poster. This can either be printed on a colour printer and stuck onto the poster; or taken to a photo processing shop to be processed. Some shops will be able to print the photograph onto adhesive paper to make attaching it to the poster even easier.


Indoor recycling bin stickers:

The indoor bin stickers have been designed for use on the bins or boxes used to collect recycling inside school buildings, e.g. in classrooms, offices and staff rooms. The stickers help to make a school’s recycling containers more visible and easily identifiable.

There is a separate sticker for each material (e.g. paper, cans, food waste) and each sticker has a ‘tick and cross’ section to show what can and cannot be accepted in your individual school’s recycling scheme. This helps to make sure that everyone using the bins is aware of what can and cannot be accepted in them and can reduce contamination of recycling bins (i.e. the wrong materials being put into recycling bins).

Please note: the items listed in the ‘tick and cross’ sections on the online stickers are examples only and should be replaced by information on the individual school’s recycling scheme.

The bin stickers have been made available in Word, PDF and AI (Adobe Illustrator) format.

  • If you have access to design services we recommend that you use the PDF or AI version of the stickers. Acrobat reader, the software that enables you to read PDFs, is free to download from
  • If you do not have access to design services you can download a simple Word version of the stickers and amend the ‘tick and cross’ section to reflect what can and cannot be accepted in the school’s recycling bins. To amend the Word template:
  • View the document in “print layout”;
  • Using the mouse, select the words in the ‘tick and cross’ sections that you wish to change;
  • Type in the words for each item using Arial font in size 18;
  • Each item should be separated with a bullet point. Please copy a bullet point from the existing list and paste each time you wish to add an item.

We recommend printing these stickers A4 size, and that you use crack-back plastic for ease of use and durability. If you are not able to print the stickers on adhesive paper you could use a colour printer and consider laminating them to increase their durability.

Indoor recycling point signs:

The recycling point signs have been designed to complement the indoor bin stickers and can be mounted on a wall above the recycling containers to make the recycling points more visible and easily identifiable.

We recommend printing these signs A4 size on recycled paper.

Outdoor bin stickers:

The outdoor bin stickers have been designed for use on the external recycling bins used to store recycling outside the school buildings. There is a separate sticker for each material (e.g. paper, cans, food waste). Again, they can help to make containers more visible and easily identifiable.

We recommend printing these stickers A4 size using UV proof ink and that you use crack-back plastic (laminated on one side) for ease of use and durability.

Recycle here signs:

The recycle here signs can be used to clearly mark recycling points around the school:

Indoors e.g. on walls, notice boards etc. to visually highlight recycling points or group together recycling point signs and awareness posters.

Outdoors e.g. mounted on a post or on a wall above or alongside recycling bins.

We recommend printing these signs on recycled paper for internal use and producing a metal sign for external use.

Posters & Signage

Recycle @ Work

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Benefit your business!

Highlight the benefits of recycling at work to your colleagues and boss

  • It’s easy to set-up and run
  • It saves space and can reduce clutter
  • It’s cost effective and can save your company money
  • It reduces waste going to landfill, saves energy and helps tackle climate change
  • People like to be able to recycle at work as they can at home.

Find out what you can recycle!

Recycling for Charity for commercials recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, plastic bottles, cans, metal, glass, wood and much more…

Setting up a recycling scheme!

To ensure everyone is aware of the recycling scheme, you may want to consider:

  • Hosting a recycling day or event to launch the new recycling scheme to employees.  For example, hold a desk recycling amnesty to encourage staff to recycle as much as they can from their desks.
  • Train staff to recognise and understand the different materials that can and cannot be included in your recycling collection.
  • Put a list or poster above your recycling containers identifying what can be recycled to make sure the correct items are recycled.
  • Position recycling containers in a convenient place, so it’s as easy to recycle as it is to throw things away.

Recycling for Charity provides consultancy and materials to support “go green” …

What else can I do?

  • Save paper by only printing what you really need to and print double sided so less paper is wasted.  Re-use scrap paper for notes.
  • Help charities by recycling at work. Search the internet – old mobile phones, computer equipment, stamps and printer cartridges can all be recycled to raise funds for charity.
  • If your company wants to take further environmental measures, visit the Carbon Trust website.

Recycle @ Work &What Can I do Today?

Recycle @ School

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Learning opportunities

Learning about recycling and actively using recycling facilities at school is an exciting way to enrich the curriculum by providing:

“Recycling at school gives pupils a practical, hands-on opportunity to develop valuable problem solving and decision making skills and to work as a team towards a common goal…”

A real life contect for learning

Your school’s recycling scheme can provide a real life context for learning and skills such

  • data presentation;
  • observation;
  • mapping;
  • planning; and
  • data interpretation.

Recycling can also deliver the aims of the curriculum for some subjects, The key skills required to recycle are, for example, central to the Science programme of study for Key Stage 1:

  1. recognising and naming common types of material (e.g. metal, plastic, wood, paper); and
  2. sorting objects into groups on the basis of simple material properties.

Great for teaching cross curricular skills

Learning about recycling and actively recycling at school helps pupils to develop a range of cross-curricular skills, including:

  • speaking and listening;
  • teamwork;
  • expressing opinions;
  • decision making; and
  • problem solving.

Education for sustainable development

Recycling also helps to put Education for Sustainable Development into practice. Pupils can get involved with decision-making and understand how we can use resources individually and collectively, locally and globally, to improve the quality of life now and in the future.


Recycling can significantly reduce the amount of rubbish your school throws away, which can save you money in collection charges

Reducing cost of collection

Find out from your bursar, head teacher or site manager/caretaker what your school currently pays for rubbish collections and how frequent the collections are.

Introducing a recycling collection scheme could reduce the amount of waste your school throws away as rubbish. Recycling schemes therefore offer potential cost savings if your school can reduce the size or quantity of rubbish bins collected, or the collection frequency. Any savings made could be used to partially offset possible charges for a dedicated recycling collection.

Contributing to charities from recycling

Recycling for Charity even generate a small income to support local charities with the proceeds.

Recycle @ School

Top Tips!

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Keep it simple!

Make space next to your bin for a recycling container – then it’s as simple to recycle as it is to throw it away

Routine recycling!

Make a visit to a bottle, can or other type of recycling bank part of your routine – most supermarkets have our recycling facilities so don’t forget to “drop before you shop”!

Remember those glass jars!

From jam, marmalade and baby food jars to spice, pasta sauce and coffee jars – just give them a rinse in your left over dish washing water and recycle them with your other glass.  Don’t worry about removing labels, they will come off in the recycling process.

Check the bathroom!

Lots of items from the bathroom can be recycled too.  Shampoo and shower gel bottles are often forgotten, so start multi-tasking and rinse out those empty bottles whilst you’re in the shower!  Putting a recycling bin in your bathroom to collect all those empty bottles and cardboard tubes from inside the toilet rolls is a great idea.

Top Tips!

Recycle @ Home

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Recycle at your kitchen!

Keep your recycling bin next to the main bin so you can take out the rubbish and recycling at the same time

Find out what you can recycle!

Recycling for Charity recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, plastic bottles, cans, metal and glass.

Sort your rubbish!

Now that you know what items you can recycle, find a handy place to store them. Make sure you encourage everyone in your house to think whether items can be reused or recycled before they’re thrown away.

Drop when zou Shop!

Make recycling part of your weekly supermarket trip and “drop when you shop” at our supermarket recycling centres.

Recycle @ Home

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