Many schools in California have created "green" teams or similar groups focused on recycling and waste reduction. There are many structured programs that can offer guidance, including:
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)offers:
One of the most important aspects of a successful school recycling program is communication-- making sure everyone knows how the program works and who is responsible for different elements of the program.
Free promotional posters are available to download as .pdf files from the California Department of Conservation to support your beverage container recycling program. Contact Sandra Jensen if you need any further assistance.
Your recycling program will help:
- Reduce waste
- Save natural resources
- Teach students to respect and value the environment
- Save your school MONEY!
Whatever approach you choose, remember to promote, promote, promote! If you need inspiration, find out about what kind of waste reduction & recycling programs award-winning schools are implementing! After your recycling program is underway:
- Periodically assess its effectiveness
- Communicate with custodial staff, get feedback from them on how well they think it is working
- Do regular "spot-checks" of the recycling bins, trash cans and dumpsters to see if material is being properly recycled.
You can effectively supplement your recycling program by composting your cafeteria's leftover fruit, vegetable scraps and landscaping yard waste.
Send us your success story! We'd love to let other schools know about what you're doing.
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