Solid Waste Ideas and Resources
Recycling, reusing and reducing the materials used in schools is typically the initial practice that engages students and staff to develop conservation habits that last a lifetime.
- Posters, coloring books and other materials are used in classrooms to educate about reusing, reducing and recycling.
- Waste reduction videos as played in classes or assemblies.
- Students help design projects using waste materials.
- The school starts a campaign to collect hard to recycle items like cell phones and batteries. Start a Terracycle Brigades program.
- Classrooms and students develop regular practices and policies to reduce waste.
- Every classroom and office has a paper recycling bin that is managed by the students themselves.
- Waste reduction goals are set, monitored and documented.
- Students and staff work collaboratively to implement creative and costs savings approaches to materials use and waste reduction.
- Students research reusable food trays and make a proposal to the school administration to show environmental impacts of options.
- Students develop a Waste Free Lunch program and Waste Free Lunch Weekday.
- US Green Building Council Center for Green Schools, NC Chapter Environmental Stewardship Challenge - receive seed money and a mentor and participate in one or more categories to make your school more sustainable! (Mentors available in most counties)
- ABC's of School Recycling in NC - NCDENR Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
- Hazardous Waste Self-Management Checklist- Center for Disease Control
- How does a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) work? (video by re3.org)
- RE3.org - NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (NCDPPEA)
- Recycle More NC
- Recycle Guys
- Carolina Recycling Association
- Recycling posters and Artwork - Recycle More NC
- Recycling Toolkit - How to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Durham Public Schools
- Wake County FEED THE BIN School Recycling Program
- Story of Stuff - 20 minute video by Annie Leonard
- Facing the Future curriculum for Grades 9-12 (Free) - Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard