Start A Recycling Program

A successful school recycling program is almost always the result of a team effort between school administrators, teachers, custodial staff, and students.  Establishing or improving a school recycling program doesn't have to be a complex or complicated process, but some forethought and planning can make a big difference in your success!  The below documents lay out a simple approach that should lead you and your team to a successful recycling program in your school.

IMPORTANT: the items listed as accepted for recycling in our documents are based on our work with a number of school districts in central Ohio.  Listed accepted items may or may not be accepted in your school recycling program.  Please check with your school hauler to verify what is accepted in your schools recycling program.  All of the below documents are created in Word and may be downloaded and revised to fit your schools's specific needs.

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Click on the below resources to learn more about how you can implement a successful school recycling program!


Download & use our Recycling Best Management Practices for Schools to help guide you through implementing a sustainable school recycling program.

Download & use our Memo from the Principal template to communicate to staff about your new or improved school recycling program!

Download & use our School Walk-Through document to identify the number of recycling containers & labels needed in each area of your school.


Download & use our Pre and Post Dumpster Volume Monitoring Log sheets to help right-size your recycling program for efficiency & possible cost-savings

Download & use our School Newsletter template to share your school recycling efforts with staff, students, & parents.

Download & use our scripted School Announcements template to engage & inform staff & students during intercom or video announcements.


Download & use our Container Labels on Recycle & Landfill containers.  We recommending laminating them & placing them at eye level.


Download & use our Container Labels on Recycle & Landfill containers.  Before using, be sure to check with your hauler about what is accepted for recycling in your school program.


Download & use our Container Labels on Recycle & Landfill containers.  Having a label on your Landfill container will help prevent contamination in the Recycle containers.