Rubbish Rebels

Rubbish Rebels is a brand-new interactive resource kit for teachers, all about waste reduction & recycling for all primary schools in Cumbria.

It began last year as a pilot run by CAfS for Cumbria County Council, but it’s back for the new school year with a super new format.

  • It’s an easy-to-use, self-contained package covering elements of the Key Stage 2 (and possibly Key Stage 1) curriculum.
  • This free programme of lesson plans and activities includes videos especially made for Rubbish Rebels, worksheets and practical activity guides.
  • Schools can take part at any point in the 2018-19 academic year.
  • All schools that complete the full Rubbish Rebels programme will gain an award.

If you’re a teacher and think your class would love this fun way to learn about reducing waste and recycling, you can register your interest now and you’ll be first to receive the resource kit when it’s ready in the new 2018-19 term. Just fill in the form below.

Rubbish Rebels - Register your interest

  • We will only use your email address to send you information about the Rubbish Rebels scheme. It will not be shared with anyone not connected with the scheme or used for any other purpose. We will not retain your email address after the scheme finishes.
  • Please tick all that apply to you.
  • If you tick yes, we'd contact you by email and show you some of the materials in advance. Your feedback would help us fine tune them.
  • It'd keep you up to date on all sorts of events and initiatives to make life in Cumbria that little bit greener. If you tick yes, we will send you a link to confirm that you'd like to subscribe.


Congratulations to St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School in Penrith, who won the 2017 Rubbish Rebels Challenge!

Rubbish Rebels trophy - CAfS Rubbish Rebels - St CatherinesTwenty schools across Cumbria took part in our pilot Rubbish Rebels Challenge to reduce the amount of waste generated in school and at pupils’ homes.

During the 2017 spring and summer terms, a group of pupils from each school took part in a Rubbish Rebels workshop run by CAfS on behalf of Cumbria County Council. And then the challenge began!

The families of every pupil at the schools were invited to make pledges to cut down on waste, with points for every pledge made. St Catherine’s gained the most points, and won the grand prize of £500!