Schools are a large source of recyclable material. Effective school recycling programs enforce positive recycling behaviors in students and create lifelong recycling habits. Schools that have taken a comprehensive approach to waste reduction can realize overall financial savings, despite the costs of getting a recycling program implemented.
Setting up a long-lasting and successful school recycling program takes partnerships, commitment and a solid plan for the logistics. There are many success stories from North Carolina and beyond, and many resources to help get started.
School Recycling Information
- A Guide for Implementing a School Recycling Program
- Free school recycling promotion materials Request Form
- School Recycling Best Practices
- K-8 school recycling campaign - Recycle Guys
- Downloadable posters and decals - Recycle More NC
- Wake County's Feed the Bin School Recycling Program
- Keep America Beautiful's Recycle Bowl
- North Carolina's Green Schools Solid Waste Resources
- NC General Statute 115C-47 - Section 41 encourages recycling in public schools
Although individual schools and school districts are not directly eligible for state recycling assistance grants, municipalities and counties can apply on behalf of schools to help start or improve recycling programs. Contact your local solid waste or recycling director to explore possible grant applications.