Blog by College Expo19 Sponsor WasteSwitch LTD.

Recycling, we all think we are doing it, but are we?

ws_learning_logoWe are all trying and due to the David Attenborough effect, we have reduced single use plastic by 53% in the UK and US within 12 months. Sadly, this is not enough, and we are hearing about climate change daily. Something that WasteSwitch Ltd has been working towards helping since 2015.

Steven and Colin have been working in the waste industry for over 10 years and have seen many changes in legislation, regulations and personal mindsets when it comes to people thinking about ‘what do I do with my waste’, ‘where does it all go’ and ‘where can I learn more on how to do my bit’? They seen this need for education and a desire for people who want to be educated over the coming years.

After years of research and customer analysis, founders of WasteSwitch Ltd decided to focus on education and where it fitted in Schools, colleges and businesses. We worked with REHIS and SQA to create resources to give teachers and employees the opportunities to educate and stay within Scottish law and compliance.

We take our position from all legislative Scottish Companies and the Government to ensure we are meeting Scotland’s targets of reducing waste and increasing recycling by 2025, they aim to:

• reduce total waste arising in Scotland by 15% against 2011 levels
• reduce food waste by 33% against 2013 levels
• recycle 70% of remaining waste
• send no more than 5% of remaining waste to landfill

Waste management training for businesses, colleges and schools – is your team qualified when it comes to all things waste related, if you’re a college or school are your students working towards the right modules to ensure they leave with the best and most recognised qualifications allowing them to secure the best job? Our course “Waste in the circular economy” is an SCQF Level 5 module which will develop their values, attitudes and skills towards achieving a circular economy and to protect our environment. This course takes around 30 hours to complete and will offer your students 3 credits.

These are the 6 learning outcomes they would achieve:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the government’s plan to regulate waste management and the current processes in place to ensure best practice.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key legislative requirements and principles set out by government in relation to the management of waste products.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the household recycling charter set out for local authorities to meet their duties and responsibilities for waste management.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of non-compliant business practices and the types of convictions that can be enforced.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of how effective waste management and processes can impact and reduce the production of greenhouse gases and Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
6. Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by a “linear” and “circular” economy.

The knowledge gained from this unit will improve their ability to relate their learning and achievements to their future careers, businesses and personal development.

If you are thinking there is not enough time, or you need something more accessible. Our REHIS course is a Business Waste Disposal Entry and Intermediate Level e-learning that you set up to complete when it’s suitable. This is aimed more towards businesses and their staff. Once completed you will receive a REHIS accredited Certificate.
If you feel after reading this that you want to start making a difference and educate then get in touch.

Let’s do this #educationiskey

To find out more about our courses or services, email us at or give us a call on 0800 6890222

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