Schools Recycling Programs and Information

If you would like to start a recycling program at your school for beverage containers, paper, and/or cardboard, contact the MCRWMA Public Programs Specialist at jhalpin@mcrwma.org or 209-723-4481 ext. 24

Example of a "Plastic Bottles" sticker

STICKERS are available to label your indoor containers forplasticbottles and aluminum cans recycling. To have them mailed to your class, please call:

(209) 723-4481 ext. 24 or e-mail mercedrecycles@mcrwma.org

 

View our Microsoft Powerpoint School Presentation (5mb file).
E-mail us if you would like a Presentation for your class, organization or school.

Commercial/School Recycling Services

View/print the Commercial Recycling Guide, which includes lists of companies and/or locations that recycle cardboard, electronics, metal, and other materials. Tip: Many companies may offer waste/recycling assessments at no cost.

 

Tips to Start a School Recycling Program

1. Receive approval from the principal to organize a program. Also let the custodial staff know about the program.

2. Decide which items the program will include (only CRV containers, only paper, or commingled materials?) This usually depends on who will be collecting the materials (will it be a class or will the materials be picked up by a hauler?).

3. Label containers. Stickers are available, or you can design your own and place them on containers.

4. Place containers based on where materials are generated. Cardboard will primarily come out of the cafetaria and office. Paper will primarily be generated in classrooms and near printers/copy machines. Bottles and cans usually accumulate in staff break rooms, classrooms and food areas. Note: A recycling container easily turns into a trash container if it's the only container nearby, so try to place each recycling container next to a trash can.

5. Generate awareness. If you're able to, have i) an e-mail blast sent out to staff about the recycling program, including information about which items are going to be collected, which items are not allowed, where containers are located, and who they can contact if they have any questions. If collecting CRV bottles/cans, you may want to mention what the collected funds will be used for; ii) put up posters/flyers to promote the program. These can be printed from websites, or students can design their own.

6. Realize there'll be hiccups. Identify what may not be working, and see how the program can be improved.

 

Programs/Fundraisers

Disney's Environmentality Challenge - Disney Planet Challenge

PepsiCo's Dream Machine Recycle Rally - Schools can earn rewards and compete for contest prizes.

Recycle Bowl - a competition from Keep America Beautiful for K-12 school

Recycle Caps with Aveda - Aveda Corporation invites schools/communities to participate in plastic bottle cap recycling.

 

Articles

California school cafeterias recycle 1 million food lunch trays - A group of schools in California are participating in a program that has so far recycled over one million foam-based lunch trays every month.

Magic of Recycling Show Coming to Merced County - Press release from Sept. 10, 2010

Shukle makes a difference - Shukle, now retired, collects recyclables such as cardboard and newspaper from eight schools in the Atwater Elementary School District... - September/October 2009 - The MCAG Reporter

 

Other Great Links to Education/School Recycling Related Websites

Hard copies of K-12 Curriculum and Activities are available.
Contact us if interested:
mercedrecycles@mcrwma.org / (209) 723-4481 ext. 24.

CA Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Curriculum Resources and Libraries

Crazy Crayons - 100% Recycled Crayons Hand Crafted into Fun New Shapes

EnviroKids - Brought to you by the City of Tacoma

Environmental Kids Club - Brought to you by the US Environmental Protection Agency

Kids Be Green.org - Keeping our Environment Healthy is Very Important

Paper, Plastic and More: A Kid's Guide to Recycling & Environmental Conservation - A comprehensive collection of sites to encourage recycling and environmental conservation, from Connecticut Plastics

Planet Protectors Club for Kids - Brought to you by the US Environmental Protection Agency

Scholastic's "Recycling Starts With You!" - Math, science, and language arts lessons for grades 3-6, and more teacher resources

School Waste Reduction - CalRecycle

Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches

 

Picture Gallery

(Send us your waste reduction/recycling or composting activities pictures! E-mail: mercedrecycles@mcagov.org)

Mrs. Watkins and her 5th grade class from Charleston Elementary in Los Banos, CA.

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State Finalists for
"Disney's Environmentality Challenge"

Mrs. Watkins and her 5th grade class
from Charleston Elementary in Los Banos,
along with Disney Radio representatives.
The class's portfolio for the challenge was all about "Thinkin' Green."

They made it to the Top 5 in the State of California!
(2008)

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Lunchtime
Games

Mrs. Watkins' class and
Disney Radio representatives.

Lunchtime games with Mrs. Watkins class and Disney Radio representatives.
Miss Trent and her 4th grade class wearing their Recycle Rex shirts that they won.

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State Finalist
for the
CA Department of Conservation's
Recycle Rex's Challenge


Miss Trent
and her 4th grade class
wearing their Recycle Rex
shirts that they won.
(2008)

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State Finalist for the
CA Department of Conservation's
Recycle Rex's Challenge

Miss Trent and her 4th grade class
from Charleston Elementary in Los Banos,
along with Recycle Rex.

Miss Trent's class collected
the second highest amount
of CRV bottles and cans
in the State!
(2008)

Miss Trent and her 3rd grade class from Charleston Elementary in Los Banos, CA.
Magic of Recycling 2010

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The "Magic of Recycling" Show
(2010)

Magician Pete McLeod performed magic tricks and showed elementary school students in the unincorporated areas of Merced County the importance of recycling.

He also performed shows in 2008 for Los Banos Unified School District's elementary schools.

 

 

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"Magic of Recycling"

The show is called the “Magic of Recycling!” and it toured elementary schools of Merced County’s unincorporated areas from September 13 - 27, 2010.

The tour of 20 shows was paid for with County grant funds, administered by MCAG, from the California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery (CalRecycle).

The show was performed for schools in the following areas: Delhi, Hilmar, Le Grand, McSwain, Planada, Snelling, Stevinson and Winton.

Magic of Recycling 2010
Magic of Recycling 2010

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"Magic of Recycling" Show
(2010)

Students from the audience participated
in skits during the show.

This McSwain student represented
the Recycling Fairy.