UCRRA offers resources for both teachers and students to learn about recycling, composting, and waste reduction. UCRRA staff can interact with your school in a number of ways, such as: conducting large assemblies, classroom visits, presentations and games, table at school events, and more. UCRRA can also offer technical guidance on how to improve your school recycling program. UCRRA Staff are available to help schools plan, implement, or improve a waste reduction, recycling, or composting program. Contact the Recycling Coordinator at 845-336-0600 to learn more.
Tips for Better School Recycling
- Recycling bins should be clearly labeled for faculty/students. If possible, color-code bins and use signs to identify the different bins and what materials can be recycled/composted/discarded. UCRRA offers free recycling/trash/compost stickers for schools!
- Make sure recycling bins are always located directly next to trash bins.
- Keep a separate bin for deposit containers (water bottles, soda cans, etc) where students and staff have lunch or snacks. Use the funds from redemption to support the school recycling program or donate the funds to a local community group.
- Celebrate Earth Day, Compost Awareness Week, and America Recycles Day! Engage the students with the importance of recycling.
- Opt for reusable, durable supplies over disposable ones in the cafeteria. Offer condiments in bulk rather than individually-packaged.
- Use double-sided printing and copying as a default printer setting. Make sure there’s a recycling bin next to the printer station!
- Circulate memos and documents instead of printing multiple copies.
NYSAR3 GREEN SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAM
The New York State Association for Reduction, ReUse, and Recycling has a Green School Grant Program open for public and private schools grades K-12. Your school could become eligible for up to $500 in funds to help establish or support a recycling or composting program! Awards are given twice yearly. These grants are competitive, so ingenuity and initiative is key to conceptualizing your grant proposal.