Learn to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (compost) to decrease the waste that goes into landfills.

lunches with wasteful packagingIdentify ways for the school community to eliminate and divert waste,  and teach students and staff to use less and recycle properly. This might include separating food scraps in the cafeteria, instituting a Share Table, or outfitting your school with proper recycling bins. Other projects could include replacing single-use silverware, dishes and trays with durables, or taking advantage of programs that deal with hard to recycle items.

This is a great opportunity for the school community to:

  • Recognize how much waste we generate
  • Learn where garbage goes once it is collected
  • Improve school-wide recycling practices
  • Reflect on consumption and packaging

For more information about waste reduction projects contact Michelle Picinich at Michelle.Picinich@clark.wa.gov

Reduce & Reuse

Waste Free Lunches – Learn how to pack a waste-free lunch.

Waste-Free Lunch poster


Share Table – Create a Share Table in your cafeteria to keep food in the hands of students instead of the garbage.

Use of Share Table guidelines


Washington School Food Share Program – Learn how your school can collect packaged cafeteria leftovers to share with food banks.

Washington School Food Share Program Toolkit


Food Waste Prevention Workshop Resources – PowerPoint, videos, and links from the Washington State Department of Ecology MORE INFO


USDA Food Waste Infographic – What schools can do today to reduce their food waste

Reducing Food Waste Infographic


Clark County Garbage Infographic – Visually track the all the steps from Disposal to the Dump.

Garbage Infographic


Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits –  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Arkansas collaborated to create a guide for students and school personnel about the amount of food wasted in their cafeterias. The guide provides information on why and how to do a food waste audit, what to do with the data collected, and also offers food waste prevention ideas.

Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits

Recycle

Tools for Reducing Waste – Clark County Green Schools can provide these tools for your school to recycle more and compost food scraps

Green Schools Offerings


Classroom Recycling Guide – A great reference with photos to make recycling at school simpler.

Classroom Recycling Guide


Bin Recycle Guide – We will supply a range of recycle bins for your school free of charge.


Trex Challenge – Schools compete against each other to see who can collect the most plastic bags, wrap and film. MORE INFO

Trex Recycling Challenge Info Sheet

Trex Recycling Challenge School Flyer


Glue Crew Recycling Program – Recycle old glue bottles and sticks for free through Elmer’s and TerraCycle. MORE INFO


Granola Bar Wrappers – Recycle any foil-lined granola bar wrappers for free through TerraCycle. MORE INFO

Rot (compost)

Sort Table – For schools interested in composting food scraps, we will provide a sort table free of charge. Contact us to inquire about getting a sort table and also complementary education to make the program successful.


Worm Bin Presentation – Have the Master Composter/Recycler Specialist Pete Dubois come to your classroom with his pet worms! Pete leads an educational exercise about the importance of worms and composting, and performs songs on his guitar about the FBI (Fungi, Bacteria, Invertebrates). This is followed by an interactive session where students are given placemats and piles from the worm or decomposition bin, and are able to explore and identify the invertebrates they find. If you’re interested in having a classroom bin, Pete can teach the class how to take care of it, and leave behind a working bin for the class to take care of.

For more information, contact Pete Dubois at Pete.Dubois@clark.wa.gov


Safe disposal

School medication disposal – Schools can accumulate unwanted medication when families simply don’t pick up their meds at the end of the school year. If your school/district has medications to dispose of, this can be safely done using Stericycle. Contact Stericycle for more information on safe pick up and disposal. MORE INFO

Home medication disposal – Take a look at the Clark Green Neighbors website for info on to properly dispose of medications from your homes MORE INFO


Recycling A–Z Directory

Wondering what to do with certain items? Check out our new Recycling A–Z Directory which makes searching for local reuse, recycling, and safe disposal options for hundreds of products and household items even easier. Just enter the name of the item you no longer need and hit ‘Search’ to get answers to a variety of options for reusing and recycling, including locations and contact information.