Guide to Recycling
Schools often produce tremendous amounts of waste with instructional materials, used electronics, and food. One estimate is that 24% of school waste is recyclable paper and 50% is food waste and non-recyclable paper that can be composted. But teachers and students can work collaboratively to reduce the amount of waste produced.
Getting students and teachers involved in recycling at school is good for the environment, educational and can be a lot of fun. Educating our children about the importance of recycling provides the country with a path to a greener future. As children learn about recycling, they will be more likely to carry these habits into their adult years. They also will learn how their personal actions can affect the future.
What We Can Recycle?
Paper is the major type of waste that schools create, typically comprising at least 25% of school waste. Most types of paper can be recycled.
- Copy paper
- Computer paper
- Notebook paper
- School letterhead
- Colored paper
- File folders
- Paper grocery bags
From printer ink cartridges, to computers, to monitors, old electronics.
Plastic From cups to plastic forks and spoons to food packaging.
Food waste, coffee granules, fruit and vegetable cuttings etc. can be put in the composter and kept away from landfills.