Schools are places that consume large amounts of resources and generate a significant amount of solid waste.
Experience has shown that all schools have potential to reduce the waste by implementing simple waste reduction
and recycling techniques.
The Florida Green School Awards
In 2009, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Education and a host of
community partners, announced the
Florida Green School Awards.
Develop a Recycling Program
According to the 2010 Solid Waste Management Annual Report, Floridians generate 7.84 Pounds/Day of waste. Waste is not something that
we think of everyday, but how we manage it cannot be ignored. By choosing to recycle, we can extend the life
of a product and divert it from the landfill.
Step 1(a) - Evaluate your Existing Recycling Program -
Review your existing program to make certain that all materials that can be recycled are being collected and
separated from regular garbage. If not, meet with the custodial staff and hauler to get your school on the
Step 1(b) - Start a Recycling Program -
Conduct a waste audit. The waste audit will help you identify which materials to collect for recycling, what size and type of
container you will need and what waste could possibly be prevented in the first place.
Step 2 - Contact Your County Recycling Coordinator -
By law your County is required to provide the opportunity to recycle at least 4 out of the 8 following
materials: newspaper, glass, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, steel cans, cardboard, office paper and
yard trash. Your local
will be able to provide you with specifics on what materials are accepted in the county program as well
as a service provider’s contact information.
Step 3 - Educate ALL Participants -
Announce the program, encourage and praise participation and follow-up via memo and newsletters as often as
possible. Consistency is the key to any successful program.