Waste Reduction & Recycling Checklist


Waste Reduction & Recycling Checklist
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Green Star Schools Waste Reduction & Recycling Checklist

Introduction

Reducing waste and recycling are the most effective ways schools can reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and save money.

Waste and Recycling Facts:


A school of 300 students can prevent 14.5 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere per year by increasing the rate of recycling by 30% to 35%.

Recycling one ton of paper saves between 15 and 17 mature trees.

Recycling one aluminum beverage can saves enough energy to run a computer for two hours.

Many of the actions schools can take to increase recycling and reduce waste are small but significant, requiring only a slight change in procedure. Additionally, these actions can serve as great tools for teaching students about the importance of conserving natural resources through experiential learning.

California law requires that cities and counties divert 50% of their waste stream by 2008. Schools are an important partner in achieving this goal. Most school districts encourage schools to recycle and understand that recycling improves their environmental bottom line. In many cases, haulers and local governmental agencies can provide schools with resources to improve recycling on campuses. Custodial staff that are brought into the program at an early stage can become program advocates. Waste reduction and recycling programs can also bring the school community together as a collaborative project, improving the qualitative school environment.

This section includes:

1.
A Waste Reduction and Recycling Checklist

This checklist can be used to identify the measures the school is currently taking as well as initiatives to pursue in the future).

2.
A Waste Reduction and Recycling Audit Tool
3.
A Walk-Through Audit Worksheet

This worksheet will help your school capture essential information as you walk through your schoolyard.

4.
Resource Guide

To receive recognition as a Green Star School, each participating school must meet the minimum requirement in each section of the Waste Reduction & Recycling Checklist.

1 Star 2 Stars 3 Stars
Meet all "mandatory" requirements and 1 "Reach for the Stars" requirements under all sections for 2-3 pathways Meet all "mandatory" requirements and 1 "Reach for the Stars" requirements under all sections for 4-5 pathways Meet all "mandatory" requirements and 1 "Reach for the Stars" requirements under all sections for 6-7 pathways

I. Institutional Commitment:

Mandatory

Green Team – Form a Green Team (Green Team members should include members from the whole school community: teachers, students, administrator(s), custodian(s) and parents/guardians).

Policy – Adopt best management practices for waste reduction and recycling that include all of the following:

□ Recycle cardboard, mixed paper on campus.

□ Recycle bottles and cans on campus.

□ Provide readily accessible areas for storage and collection of materials for recycling on campus.

□ “Universal Waste” such as batteries, electronic devices and florescent light tubes/bulbs are properly recycled through hazardous waste facilities, collectors and/or services.

□ Reuse or donate surplus materials/equipment on campus including the lost and found items.

□ Prioritize the reduction of paper use.A (sfusd)

□ Prioritize double-sided photocopying and printing.A

Reach for the Stars
Supplemental Actions- For a higher rating, choose from the actions below:

* = choose 1 action​** = choose 2 actions​*** = choose 3 actions

Adopt a policy to purchase office paper and paper products that contain at least 30% recycled content.

Promote an adoption of a waste-free celebration/ event policy.A

Adopt an environmentally preferable purchasing policy.

Adopt a policy that encourages the recycling of broken metal items such as file cabinets, chairs, and desks.

Adopt a policy that encourages use of reusable foodware.

Adopt an “Offer vs. Serve” policy for the Cafeteria to reduce food waste.

Adopt a policy that encourages students and parents in menu planning to reduce food waste.

Implement a Waste-Free Lunch policy for lunches brought from home.

Adopt a policy that promotes the collection of food scraps (kitchen food scraps and leftovers from students’ meals & snacks) and soiled paper to be collected by the recycling hauler for commercial composting, if service is available locally.

II. Education:

1. Introduce Topic and Principles

Mandatory

Develop and implement a Scope and Sequence plan that ensures all students, during the course of their education at the school, have been introduced to resource conservation, waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting through lessons or classroom activities. Share the plan with the Green Star Schools Program.
Reach for the Stars
Supplemental Actions – For a higher rating, choose from the actions below:

* = choose 1 action** = choose 2 actions*** = choose 3 actions

List activity accomplished to introduce waste reduction and recycling topics and principles to the school community: ____________

List activity accomplished to introduce waste reduction and recycling topics and principles to the school community: ____________

List activity accomplished to introduce waste reduction and recycling topics and principles to the school community: ____________

2. Conduct a Waste Audit

Mandatory

Conduct a yearly school-wide waste reduction and recycling audit.

Use the attached Waste Reduction and Recycling Audit Sheet, or one from a local government agency, to examine the school waste reduction and recycling program. Students should perform the audit with the guidance of a teacher or advisor. Through the audit, students will determine the items in that can be reduced, reused, recycled, or composted. A, B (king county) The school’s garbage, recycling and composting generation rates and associated costs will also be calculated by using the Audit sheet.

Use the school’s existing map to identify existing recycling, composting and garbage bin locations. Make recommendations for improving bin location and signage locations for additional bins.

Conduct on-going monitoring.

Create a monitoring team to regularly assess (at least twice a year) the waste reduction, recycling, and composting efforts and make recommendations for improvement of the current practices and infrastructure (this team can be part of the school’s Green Team or school recycling club or be a shared responsibility across several grades). C (washington)

3. Take Action:

Mandatory

Students, with the guidance of a teacher or advisor, prepare a school-wide waste reduction, recycling, and composting plan that is based on the waste audit results. The plan will target specific materials for increased recycling, reuse or reduced use.

Students present the results of the school-wide waste reduction, recycling, and composting plan to the school community.

Students have responsibilities related to waste reduction and recycling at school. Possible assigned jobs include: helping to collect recyclables, supervising the sorting of foodscraps in the cafeteria, monitoring garbage, recycling and composting bins.

Reach for the Stars
Supplemental Actions – For a higher rating, choose from the actions below:

* = choose 1 action​** = choose 2 actions​*** = choose 3 actions

A. Students Take Action

Audits and Calculations

Students develop a database to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data from the waste audit.

Students develop a Power Point Presentation, which can be downloaded on a school, class or club website, that summarizes the results and recommendations of waste the audit/assessment.

Clubs and Partnerships

Students assist with the recycling/collection of mixed paper, bottles & cans throughout the school campus that are serviced by the local hauler.

Students recycle and collect California Redemption Value (CRV) bottles and cans for fundraising.

Students partner with community groups, non-profit organizations, or businesses on waste reduction, recycling, and composting projects.

Research one or more local or international schools to learn what they are doing to reduce waste, encourage recycling and composting, and how they are measuring and evaluating their results. Present the findings to the school community or other appropriate audience

Students from at least 25% of the classes bring reusable water bottles to school.

Students take field trips to the transfer station

Students do art projects using recycled and/or reused materials

Students create “Think Before You Print” signs for all computers at school.

Students purchase "Green" back-to-school supplies and reuse old supplies.

Other: _________________________________________

B. Teachers and Staff Take Action

Mandatory

Recycle mixed paper, bottles and cans on campus.

Make double-sided copies whenever possible.A, B

Limit use of paper handouts. Use the blackboard/whiteboard, overhead projector, and/or refer students to books and web sites whenever possible. A, B

Use email instead of paper copies for one or more regularly issued staff or parent newsletter, bulletin or memo. A, B

Reach for the Stars
Supplemental Actions – For a higher rating, choose from the actions below:

* = choose 1 action​** = choose 2 actions​*** = choose 3 actions

Create and sign a personal Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Pledge that includes at least five actions to take to reduce waste.

Reduce excess newspaper deliveries and request removal from vendor mail lists.A, B

Print only the number of copies needed for students. Match print runs to number of users and use half sheets to “right size” the paper for each job.A

Eliminate fax cover sheets by using “sticky” fax directory notes.D(abag)

Reuse envelopes by covering old addresses and postage, and affixing new addresses and postage.D

Collect cell phones and printer cartridges from the community. This can be used as a fundraising event.

Bring "waste-free" lunches to school.

Use a reusable water bottle and/or cup.

Replace disposable plates, glasses and cups with reusable products in the classroom/ staff break room/ meeting room.C

Set up and maintain a classroom worm composting bin. C

Set printers and copies to default double-sided printing and copying.

Change the default margins in word processing programs from 1.25 to 0.75 inches.

Staff members conduct a waste audit to determine how much waste they individually generate in a week or in a month.

Other: ____________________________________________

4. Outreach

Mandatory

Encourage and publicize waste reduction, recycling and composting at school and at home through signage, daily announcements, school newsletter and through other means.

Post signs on or near recycling bins to educate the types of materials that are accepted in the school’s recycling program.

Provide students, parents/ guardians, faculty, and custodians information about the school’s waste reduction, recycling and composting procedures and program at the beginning of every school year through newsletters, announcements, and back-to-school mailing packets, etc.
Reach for the Stars
Supplemental Actions – For a higher rating, choose from the actions below:

* = choose 1 action​** = choose 2 actions​*** = choose 3 actions

Issue a press release(s) to local media outlets about the school’s waste reduction, recycling and composting efforts and results of the program.

Promote “ waste free lunches” through signage, daily announcements, or school newsletters, etc., and by having staff/teachers asking students/ families to bring their lunch in reusable bags/boxes and to use reusable water bottles.A

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