When thinking about making a school more eco-friendly, one of the easier things to do would be to implement a recycling program, if there is not already one in place. Recycling reduces the amount of waste in landfills, and it can help to lessen the need to cut down trees by reducing the need for paper. According to the Environment Protection Agency, 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but only about 30% of it is actually recycled. Schools have an opportunity to teach the next generation about recycling and how they help effect positive change in the communities and the world.

Students, and perhaps even teachers, may not even know what can be recycled and what should be kept in the regular waste stream. The list below includes some objects that may be considered for recycling.

  • Steel/tin cans
  • Glass jars and containers
  • Milk cartons
  • Aluminum foil and cans
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Plastic containers for bulk food supplies