Waste and Recycling

The Department of Waste and Recycling provides support for our schools and facilities in the areas of solid waste disposal, waste reduction, reuse and recovery of resources, recycling or proper disposal of unusable resources, and educational support for our staff and students. The department strives to have an on-campus recycling program at every one of our schools, offices, shops, and warehouse facilities.

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Did You Know?

It’s estimated the school district discarded 154,260 cubic yards of solid waste last year, with an approximate weight of 8,840 tons. This is a 9% reduction of discarded waste compared to six years ago. Last year we recovered and recycled:

  • 694 tons of corrugated cardboard were recycled
  • 238 tons of scrap metal were recovered and recycled
  • 5,000 gallons of used motor oil were recovered and recycled

Last year’s average cost per student for solid waste disposal was:

  • Elementary school students: $15.52
  • Middle school students: $14.12
  • High school students: $11.80

Currently, all of our schools have access to an on-campus recycling program, which provides the facility with once-a-week pickup of materials such as paper, aluminum, steel, plastics No.1-4, and glass.

recovered
5,000
gallons of motor oil
recycled
694
tons of cardboard
9%
waste reduction
2017
Facts and Figures…
recycled
238
tons of scrap metal

Learn How You Can Help!

To find out more about recycling, litter prevention, and the proper disposal of household chemicals, visit these helpful sites:

Green School Fundraisers

  • EcoPhones — Cell Phone Recycling & Consumer Electronics Recycling Fundraiser
  • Hands On Recycling — Your school will receive $1 for each recyclable cell phone, inkjet or laser cartridge collected
  • Terracycle – Raise money for your school or charity by sending in everyday trash