Conserve: Recycling/School Recycling

Conserve: Recycling / How To Recycle At School

All schools applying for an new or sustaining “Conserve: Recycling” Green Step are encouraged to host an  “ACTION FOR A CLEANER TOMORROW” Faculty workshop (unless they have hosted one in the past two years).  To register contact MARY MARGARET MENDENHALL.

  1. Research your recycling options. Things to consider.
  2. Develop the partnerships needed to recycle as many commodities as possible.
  3. Document recycling tonnage and the money your school saves through recycling.
  4. Train your recycling team annually.
  5. Plan special recycling education program(s) for the entire school each fall.
    • America Recycles Day is November 15.
  6. Show appreciation for your dedicated recycling team each spring.
    • Earth Day is April 22ndgreensteps-recycle

Conserve: Recycling – Useful Websites

  • Starting a School Recycling Program, a step-by-step guide from the SC DHEC Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • The Conversionator Recycling Calculator, National Recycling Coalition — an online activity to learn about the positive impact of recycling
  • School Recycling from AF&PA and Scholastic
  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch, Environmental Protection Agency — resources for teaching students how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches.
  • Teacher Resources, Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) — information about recycling education programs and grants offered by the Office, guides to starting a school recycling program, and resources including the Office’s recycling posters which are great for classroom use.
  • Just For Kids – Posters; Activity and Coloring Books; Puzzles, Coloring Pages and Fact Sheets; Trading Cards and more from SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
  • Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program
  • Office Depot Recycling Program, created for schools! All brands of ink and toner as well as select small electronics are accepted. Visit their site to register your classroom, or your entire school, and start earning Office Depot Gift Cards valid for redemption in store and online.