School Recycling

Schools are a large source of recyclable material. Effective school recycling programs enforce positive recycling behaviors in students and create lifelong recycling habits. Schools that have taken a comprehensive approach to waste reduction can realize overall financial savings, despite the costs of getting a recycling program implemented.

Setting up a long-lasting and successful school recycling program takes partnerships, commitment, and a solid plan for the logistics. There are many success stories from North Carolina and beyond, and many resources to help get started. For more assistance, contact Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707-8147; sandy.skolochenko@ncdenr.org or Rob Taylor at (919) 707-8139; rob.taylor@ncdenr.gov

School Recycling Information

 
Although individual schools and school districts are not directly eligible for state recycling assistance grants, municipalities and counties can apply on behalf of schools to help start or improve recycling programs. Contact your local solid waste or recycling director to explore possible grant applications.