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>>

SDUSD Recycling Challenge

It's time for the 2022-23 SDUSD Recycling Challenge! The Challenge runs from September 1, 2022 through March 1, 2023. Schools can earn cash prizes for reducing waste, recycling, and increasing environmental awareness on their campus.  How will your school rank this year?

Click below for more information on this year's Challenge, find detailed information on 2021-22 winning schools, and see how your school ranked in the Challenge last year!

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Join in the 26th annual National Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12. These fun events can be a tool to inspire change while reducing reliance on cars. Check HERE for more information and to register.

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.


Recycling Program

San Diego Unified School District

Operations Division

4860 Ruffner Street

San Diego, CA 92111


Janet Whited

Environmental Specialist


E-mail:  jwhited@sandi.net

Phone:  619-962-4600

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.

Trick or Trash TM

Trick or Trash is a fun project that works for kids of all ages. With age-appropriate lessons, students learn about recycling and the circular economy, then fill a free collection box with ready-to-recycle candy wrappers.

Pre-Order you box today to launch in October!

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.