How To Start A School Recycling Program

How To Start A School Recycling Program
Green your school!

Green your school!

Schools are a great place to teach kids the importance of making eco-friendly choices, and there’s no better way to do that than with a recycling program. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of schools throughout the U.S. that don’t offer any sort of green waste plan, so we’ve put together a road map to help you get a successful school recycling program up and running in your town.

1. Get everyone’s support

An effective school recycling program has to involve everyone, from the school board to principals to students to janitors to teachers, so getting school-wide support is the first step toward getting a recycling program off the ground. Start with local school board representatives who will be able to help with financing and sort out collection details with waste management companies, and of course it will also be important to find teachers and administrators who are willing to work with you and drum up support inside schools.

2. Decide what to recycle

Before you get started it will important to identify what types of waste you want to collect. Your local schools will be able to recycle different materials depending on the facilities available in your city, so check in your area to find out what kinds of collection services are provided. Most centers will accept paper, glass, metals, and some plastics, although it can sometimes be easier to start out small by collecting a single waste like paper or plastic before moving on to a wider range of materials.

3. Design a collection process

If possible you should get school administrators to evaluation your school’s waste to determine your particular needs and the volume of recycling your school can handle. Once you know your goals you can work with school officials to determine how many bins you’ll need and where they’ll go. Some schools have a single set of large bins in a communal area while others might put smaller bins for paper in every classroom; every school is different, so work with administrators to figure out what best fits your school’s needs.

4. Keep students involved

Every step along the way to a successful school recycling program should involve the students. Older kids can help with the development and implementation of the program, and they’ll be your best resource when it comes to figuring out how best to boost student participation. Even young students can help by making signs, sorting, and promoting awareness. No matter their age, students will be more likely to support and stick with the program when they feel like it belongs to them.

5. Follow up

The work doesn’t stop once the bins are out – you’ll still have plenty to do to make sure the recycling program takes off and continues to flourish. Education is the key to ensuring success, so arrange fun activities like contests and promotions to help students learn what and where to recycle. You’ll also want to make sure to keep track of how much is recycled so that students and administrators can see their success as well as what needs improvement. The more information you have the better you can adjust things like target materials, collection areas, and other program details to make sure your school’s recycling program is as successful as it can be.

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