Want to green your school? One of the first things you can do is start a school recycling program. But depending upon the policies in your school district and the facilities in your local area, that may be easier said than done. As school budgets get tighter and tighter, school administrators are less open to new ideas … especially if they think it will cost the school money. But recycling can actually save your school money while you save the planet. The key is to present them with a rock solid plan. Here’s how to research, plan, fund and propose a winning school recycling program.

Do a little digging to find out what, when and how to start your school’s recycling. Contact your school’s trash collector, or a local recycling collection service (check your phone book) to find out what types of recycling collection programs are available in your area. If there is no collection service, find out where the nearest recycling drop-off center is. Here are the questions you’ll need to answer:

  • What items can be recycled in your area?
  • What is the charge for collection and is there a contractor that offers a package deal that includes both waste and recyclables pickup?
  • What price will the contractor pay for the items?
  • How will the recyclables need to be separated?
  • Does the contractor provide collection containers?
  • What is the pickup schedule?
If you want to recycle a material but are having trouble finding a recycler where you live, check out Earth 911 for possible leads. Your local or state government recycling offices, the local chamber of commerce, or a local or regional recycling organization might also be able to help you develop a recycling plan for your school.

Researching a school recycling program
What you need to know about starting a recycling program at your school.