Recycling at School

Want to start or improve an existing recycling program at your school? Follow these three easy steps...

Step 1. Make a Team

You can't do this alone, so get some help. The best teams have students, teachers, principals, administrative staff and parents who are all willing to help. But, even just a few dedicated people can make a big difference.

Coordinators can make sure there are bins in the right places, arrange for and oversee collection.

Outreach members

Outreach members can help spread the word and encourage recycling.

Artists

Artists can make creative signs and posters to show people how and what to recycle.

Recyclers

Recyclers can make sure that the bins are being used properly and empty smaller bins into larger collection bins.

Step 2. Call Your Local Service Provider

• Start with white paper and mixed paper.

• Cardboard is another easy one.

• Next you can tackle bottles and cans.

• Finally, get a worm composting bin(s) and get those leftover fruit and vegetable scraps from the cafeteria as well as any yard waste from landscaping. Worms are a lot of fun and a great educational tool.

Local Service Providers:

El Cerrito:

El Cerrito Recycling Center (510) 215-4350

For Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo and Unincorporated West County:

Richmond Sanitary Service (510) 262-7100
 

Step 3. Promote, Promote, Promote!

• Have each classroom design and decorate bins made of cardboard boxes.

• Make sure each classroom has a bin for REUSE paper (paper that's been used on only one side). You should always use both sides before recycling!

• Remind the students and staff that recycling isn't just for school they should be doing it at home too.

 

Sound easy? It is! Your recycling program will help:

• reduce waste
• save natural resources
• teach students a valuable lesson
• Save your school MONEY!

Need help? We'd be glad to assist you in any way we can. Call the Authority at (510) 215-3120.