Education and Outreach
School and University
Recycling Resource Page
CVWMA's programs are for residential
use. We do not provide recycling
service to schools and universities, however, we know how
important it is to have recycling available outside of the home so
we have put together some information to help you get a recycling
program started anywhere.
Depending on the types of materials you would like to recycle,
there are a number of options in the Central Virginia region for
school and university recycling programs. You
will need to consider three things to implement a successful
recycling program: service, containers and
education. See below for information about each of
The Benefits of Starting a Recycling
There are many advantages, financial and otherwise, an
organization can experience after implementing a program to reduce,
reuse and recycle.
· Create Lower Disposal Costs
· Save Money by Eliminating Unnecessary Items
· Lower Costs By Buying Bulk or Using Minimal
· Lower Costs by Reusing Products and Supplies
· Receive Revenue From Recovered Materials
· Lower Costs by Purchasing Products Made from
You may need to discuss your plans with school/university
administration, so be equipped with the beneficial information to
help your conversation go smoothly.
Select a Waste Reduction
If you are reading this article, this person is probably you,
someone who understands the school's structure and works well with
both administration and staff. You may want to form a committee if
your school is large.
What Can be
Start with one or two commodities. Determine what you are
currently throwing away and the quantities of each. For example,
schools generate a lot of white paper in the classrooms, and
possibly soda cans and bottles in the cafeteria and teachers'
lounge. The kitchen area is possibly generating quite a
few steel cans and plastic bottles. Ask your janitor,
take notice of what's thrown away.
Here is a list of readily recyclable materials in our area:
· Glass Jars and Bottles
· Office Paper
· Mixed Paper
· Plastic Bottles
· Steel Cans
Who Will Service the
To recycle mixed materials, such as paper, cans and
bottles: Contact CVWMA's curbside recycling contractor,
Fibre Corporation (TFC) for a price
Click here for
list of local companies that provide recycling services for
schools, businesses, churches.
To recycle newspaper: Check
with local vendors to see who can
provide schools with a large stationary bin for the parking lot to
recycle paper from your school.
Check out the telephone directory for other recyclers in the
area, looking under the headings of "recycling" and it's
variations. Call around to determine the best ones for your
Remember, you may be able to reduce your costs for waste
disposal through less frequent collections once your recycling
program is implemented. Schools may wish to partner with
their Parent-Teacher organization for assistance funding a
What Type of Containers Should We
Use to Collect the Materials?
You will find the most success when you make recycling easiest
for your audience. Provide one recycling container next
to each trash container. That way, your audience doesn't
have to search for a container to do the right thing.
Plan to provide one recycling container for each classroom or
office, as well as in common areas, such as lounges and copy
There are many companies that sell recycling
containers. You may search on the internet or may find
some locally at office supply stores or home improvement
centers. Or you can make your own by applying
informational stickers to common containers such as plastic storage
totes, available at Wal-Mart or Target.
Click link for info on Recycling Containers
for Offices, Schools, and Parks
Educate your Audience about your
The Go Green Initiative
The Go Green Initiative
recognizes schools around the nation that have "gone
green." They also have available a manual to assist
schools (kindergarten - university level) in getting started with
recycling programs and composting. To download the
manual, click here.
CVWMA offers educational materials for children and adults
that emphasize the importance and value of
The Virginia Recycling Association
(VRA) developed a comprehensive
Guide to Recycling in Virginia Schools.
Please visit these pages for additional resources:
One last tip: Encourage your local
government to provide recycling at schools and county
offices! Have students write letters to local officials
asking that recycling be provided since Virginia Standards of
Learning require students be taught the value of recycling.