Dear American Schools:
Monday, April 2, is the final day to register for the Green Cup Recycle Challenge, a program aimed at improving school recycling rates, education and celebrating waste reduction efforts!
Join the healthy competition today. Also, parents and anyone involved with a local school: read the bonus suggestions from the Green School Alliance and encourage your area school to implement some of these today.
Audit: Waste Stream
Audit: Paper Stream
Audit: Recycling and Trash Bins — Ensure easy compliance by making containers available throughout school for paper, bottles/cans, and trash.
Bottled Water Ban
Compost Non-dining Materials — Compost landscaping waste or recycle into mulch for use on campus.
Compost Dining Materials — Work with dining services to increase the amount of cafeteria compost
Disposable Utensil, Cup & Plate Reduction — Discourage disposables whenever possible. Ensure dining supplies are made from recycled and/or compostable materials when there is no alternative.
EPA Guidelines — Follow EPA waste, recycling and pollution prevention guidelines, Hazardous Materials Management for science labs, maintenance, transportation, etc.
Purchase Recycled — Paper, hand towels, tissues, toilet paper with % post-consumer waste
Purchase Locally Sourced Materials
Two-Sided Copying — Implement double-sided copying policy
Printing Defaults — Set school printers to automatically print double sided Policy for Paperless Communications
Recycle Construction Material — Divert non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from landfills.
Recycling Drive Programs — Participate in ink-cartridge, battery, cell phone, clothing, and other drives
Recycle Electronic Waste — Batteries, cell phones, computers, ink-cartridges, etc.
Provide Reusable Bottles, Mugs, Plates and Utensils
School-wide Waste Management Policy — Establish a waste and recycling policy supported by the head of school or school district and all administrators that engages students and all members of the school community to help monitor and solve waste issues in class and on campus. Set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, targets and timely goals to reduce and eliminate landfill waste and increase recycling
Signage Campaign — Create a campus-wide culture of 4r’s Reduce-Reuse-Recycle—Rethink. Educate students, faculty and staff about recycling and sustainability.
Waste Diversion Rate % — Calculate overall waste diversion rate!