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Integrated Waste
Management Board
School District Waste
Prevention and Recycling
A number of informational and educational resources for setting up and managing effective recycling and waste prevention programs are available from this site such as publications, school curricula and suggested action lists. Some of these resources however, such as funding sources and local or state government contacts, are specifically oriented to California school systems. Many, though not all, of the publications referenced on this site can be downloaded.
New Hampshire Governor's Recycling Program - School Recycling
The purpose of this site is to assist New Hampshire school systems in developing recycling and composting programs through a series of downloadable fact sheets and manuals. (See Composting - Downloadable Guides and Manuals for a description of "Composting at New Hampshire Schools.") Much of this information at this site, despite its New Hampshire focus, can be applied by school systems in other states. One very useful fact sheet that can be downloaded from this site discusses different types of school recycling collection containers.

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San Mateo County
RecycleWorks -
The school section of the San Mateo County (CA) RecycleWorks website provides a wealth of recycling and composting information that is organized into different topic areas under activity guides or school programs. There is a brief, clearly written 6-step guide to starting a school recycling program along with sample memos that can be downloaded. Related topic areas that are covered include waste prevention, environmentally preferable purchasing and green schools.
West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority
Recycle More at School
This is the school recycling assistance section of the West Contra Costa (CA) Integrated Waste Authority's RecycleMore web site. There are four main sections - how to start a school recycling program, teacher curriculum resources, worm composting instructions and suggested web links for kids.
St. Louis - Resourceful Schools Project
The Resourceful School Project is sponsored by the Saint Louis County Department of Health for the purpose of teaching about recycling and related subjects and to help schools to set up recycling programs. The three principal sections of this site are for students, teachers and recycling coordinators, though it should be noted that they often share the same page links. The student and teacher pages are devoted to games, activities and lessons relating to recycling. The recycling coordinator section provides a video-based guide to setting up a school recycling program that can be downloaded using either the Real Player or Quicktime plug-ins (links for downloading these free players are also provided). The text for these video presentations can also be viewed online. There are also links to a site database on materials recycled for 1998 - 1999 for schools participating in this project.

Downloadable Guides & Manuals top

NJDEP - Bureau of Recycling and Planning
Recycling Manual for NJ Schools
The purpose of this manual is to provide a technical reference on developing a successful school based recycling program. It is organized into three parts addressing team building and program design, implementation and program monitoring and maintenance. There is a strong discussion of the roles of key players such as students, teachers, administrators and custodial staff. Appendices include program design worksheets such as waste audit forms and sample educational materials such as letters to parents.
NYC Department of Sanitation - School and Institutional Information
Select the link to Publications
The Guide to Mandatory Recycling in NYC Schools
This manual was developed in support of the mandatory implementation of recycling programs within NYC school facilities. It is organized with respect to describing the principal responsibilities and actions to be taken by principals, custodians, food service staff and students / teachers. The custodian and food service sections pay a lot of attention to the technical issues connected with the selection of proper receptacles and other storage issues and moving recovered recyclables to designated collection points.
Texas Natural Resources and Conservation Commission
Texas School Recycling Guide
A ten-step approach for making recycling happen in schools is described. These are:
  1. Doing Your Homework
    (Knowing what can be recycled)Gaining Administrative SupportPicking a coordinatorSelecting a recycling teamDeveloping the collection systemProgram kickoffEducational OutreachProgram monitoring and evaluationAdding composting
  2. Buying Recycled
Program development tips and additional technical resources are also discussed.