At School

Recycle

For guidance and assistance with school recycling and waste reduction efforts, see the Recycling Guide for Nevada Schools (pdf) or contact us.

Set up a recycling program at school

Whether starting from scratch or making improvements to an existing program, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Have a dedicated team (e.g. green club) and the support of school administrators.
  • Conduct a waste audit to better understand what is being thrown out. 
  • Determine what materials will be collected, and whether they can be co-mingled or must be kept separate. 
  • Always place recycling bins next to trash cans. 
  • Clearly label recycling containers, and if possible, purchase bins with lids shaped to accommodate recyclables.
  • Have a clear plan for how bins will be emptied regularly. 
  • Educate students, staff, and faculty regularly. 
  • Keep it as simple and straightforward as possible!
 
Recycling other items:

Not all recyclable materials are collected by your local waste hauler. Nonetheless, additional materials can be recycled. Check out programs like Terracycle to reduce your school's waste stream even more!

 

Reduce

  • With administrative approval, put "These Come From Trees" stickers on paper towel dispensers, printers, and copiers. K-12 school are eligible to order them for free here.
  • Make double-sided copies the default on printers and copiers.
  • Share subscriptions to periodicals.
  • Set up classroom vermicomposting bins.
  • Switch to reusable materials in the cafeteria (e.g. utensils). 
  • Buy institutional sizes of cleaning supplies, food, beverages, and other supplies. These can then be packaged into smaller, reusable dispensers.
  • Implement an "offer" versus "serve" program in the cafeteria.

Reuse

  • Use reusable envelopes for interoffice mail.
  • Refill toner cartridges.
  • Use scrap paper for notes. Notepads can be made with a wax binder; notebooks can be made with other binding machines.
  • Encourage students who bring their lunch to pack it in reusable materials.
  • On a locker clean-out day, have a donation table for usable items that students would otherwise discard.