A K-12 school generates an enormous amount of waste. Municipal waste is an inevitable byproduct of a building full of people; however, a school can reduce its toxic footprint by investing in a recycling program. School leaders interested in getting their school to go recycling green can follow these tips.
Get Budget Approval
Reducing your trash output may lower your utility costs. Even so, you will need to budget for upfront costs. The school’s initial primary outlay will go toward placing individual recycling receptacles in the building and iron containers Florida in the parking lot to hold recyclables for pickup.
Form a Committee
To ensure the program unfolds efficiently, call for volunteers with the energy and drive to see it through. So that a range of ideas is heard, involve a cross-section of the community: teachers, students, parents operations personnel and administrators.
Contact your municipality for advice on getting started. You need to ascertain specifically what items can be recycled; if you fail to follow guidelines, the city may put the brakes on collecting from your school.
Publish the Program
Promote the school’s recycling efforts within the school and to parents. Generate enthusiasm by presenting the financial and ethical benefits of recycling. By outlining allowed recyclables, you will guide parents to pack lunches with only those containers on the list.
You can promote a can-do attitude among students and adults by setting goals and holding contests. For example, have weigh-ins where the class that produces the least amount of waste wins a party. As the year progresses, determine attainable recycling targets for specific time periods.
Starting and maintaining a green program takes a great deal of effort. You can ensure the effort pays off: When your recycling efforts begin to show results, consider it cause for a community-wide celebration.