ERIC Number: ED420161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
School Recycling Programs: A Handbook for Educators.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
This brochure describes some of the many recycling program options that schools can implement in their communities. It focuses on implementing actual recycling projects as a way of teaching the importance and benefits of recycling. The text examines the solid waste crisis and why Americans cannot continue to possess a disposable mentality. It emphasizes how a school recycling program can impart valuable hands-on experience that encourages students to make recycling a part of their lifestyle. Such programs can help young people become active learners, enabling them to apply their classroom skills to solve real problems. Four types of school recycling programs are outlined: (1) an occasional or one-time recycling drive where students collect recyclables at home and bring them to school on one or more designated days; (2) an ongoing in-school recycling program where recyclable materials generated at school are recycled on site; (3) an ongoing account with a local recycling center; and (4) establishing community collection points at the school so that individuals can drop off their recyclables. Ten steps on getting starting, such as selecting the type of program that will work, making municipal contacts, identifying a local market for recyclables, and working out a budget are presented. Also included are instructions for how schools can apply for regional and national awards, like the President's Environmental Youth Awards. (Contains seven references, nine sources for educational materials, and addresses and phone numbers for the EPA regional contact offices.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Conservation (Environment), Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Program Descriptions, Recycling, Solid Wastes
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OS-305), Washington, DC 20460.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.