Accompanied paper waste prevention projects in schools

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location BELGIQUE-BELGIË RÉGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE / BRUSSELS HOOFDSTEDELIJK GEWEST Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1999

Topic of the practice

Waste prevention - Paper consumption waste in schools (similar approach applied to drinking container waste in schools and food wastage in schools)

Good Practice Information

The goal is to change the behaviour of pupils and the school as a whole to consume less paper and thus reduce paper waste generation.
In its 4th Waste Prevention & Management Plan of 2010,IBGE set a goal to reduce paper waste by 2.5kg/pupil by 2020.Schools who wish to engage a class or the entire school in actions in favour of environmental protection can obtain assistance from IBGE subcontractor
on paper consumption reduction.To engage in paper waste reduction they can choose the topic, the level of commitment that suits them best.
Short term assistance includes: 1. access to free teaching materials (electronic or paper) and equipment (reusable glasses, lunch boxes…); 2. free training sessions for teachers (on specific topics or general environmental education)

Evidence of success

A lasting effect on children was observed: a survey revealed that 2 years after a turn-key project the pupils having been in a class that took part knew and implemented twice as many ways to prevent waste compared to pupils who had not been involved.It could be observed that teachers also changed their habits:Punctual measurements indicate a decrease of paper consumption of 35%

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice


Brussels Environment – IBGE;;;

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