Recycle @ School: It's the Law!

Did you know that recycling is the LAW in California?  Schools are required to recycle mixed paper (most types), cardboard, rigid plastic, glass bottles and jars, and metal containers to be in compliance.  Read more>>

NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest

How does marine debris impact the ocean? What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?  K-8 students have the opportunity to respond to these questions and help raise awareness around the global issue of marine debris.  Click HERE for more information.


Deadline:  DEC 16, 2022

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Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

The California Coastal Commission is once again hosting its annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students in California.  Entries must have a California coastal or ocean theme.   Teacher resources can be found here.  There are five entry categories and monetary prizes!

Entries Due:  JAN 31, 2023

SDUSD Recycling Challenge

The 2022-23 SDUSD Recycling Challenge runs through March 1, 2023. Schools can earn cash prizes for reducing waste, recycling, and increasing environmental awareness on their campus. 

Click below for more information and to see  how your school ranked last year!

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Recycling Program

San Diego Unified School District

Operations Division

4860 Ruffner Street

San Diego, CA 92111


Janet Whited

Recycling Specialist


E-mail:  jwhited@sandi.net

Phone:  619-606-8645

SDUSD's Love Food Not Waste Program

Our food rescue program is currently on hold while we work to identify agencies that are able to  accept our food. For more information, click HERE.

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National Green Schools Society

Start a National Green Schools Society Club at your school and earn recognition for campus and/or community sustainability efforts. Students are awarded pins and certificates based on hours served and level of impact. Seniors can earn a graduation stole by completing a capstone project.  

Learn more HERE.

Recycling & Zero Waste Newsletters

Make sure to subscribe to the monthly SDUSD Zero Waste & Recycling Newsletter for more news, events, competitions and resources!

A link to the newsletters can also be found on the News & Info tab.

ON-GOING - PepsiCo Recycle Rally


Recycle Rally is a free nationwide program that benefits K-12 schools and students by providing incentives and resources to help make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.  For more information, click HERE.