Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, and Composting in Schools
How to initiate these programs in your school:
- Find a dedicated and motivated individual to initiate school recycling, with additional support people (“Recycling Team”) for sustaining and expanding the program.
- Before targeting materials for diversion, evaluate the schools waste stream, existing waste reduction efforts, and the resources available, including staff and local recycling options
- Consider partnerships with suppliers and local businesses to reduce costs through efficient transportation of recyclables
- Work closely with the custodial and kitchen staff to address the types and volumes of waste, and to get their input and assistance
- School and district administrative support.
- Involve all potential stakeholders from the start, including them in the initial development and decision-making process. This will serve to increase participation, program efficiency, and success.
- Consult with local haulers and local and regional solid waste staff before deciding on a program. Their expertise can help the program be cost effective, may provide creative hauling ideas, and the obtaining of recycling containers.
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