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>>


Even though we were not able to formally recognize our Recycling Challenge winners at a Board of Education meeting this April, we still want to give the following schools accolades for their tremendous efforts to reduce waste and recycle from September 2019 - March 2020:

Elementary School Category

1st Place:  Sandburg - 36.6% diversion

Runner-Up:  Marvin -  36.0% diversion

Middle School Category

1st Place:  Challenger  -  36.5% diversion

Runner-Up:  Taft  -  34.9% diversion

High School Category

1st Place:  Henry  -  40.9% diversion

Runner-Up: University City -30.9% diversion

Most Improved Category

Lewis Middle -  Up from  14.4% diversion last year to 22.5% diversion this year

For more information and to see how your school ranked in the Recycling Challenge, click HERE.


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:  858-637-6268

SDUSD's Love Food Not Waste Program

Our food rescue program has been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review necessary protocols for future re-implementation once our schools are back in session.  For more information on the original program, click HERE.


ON-GOING - One Earth Recycling Fundraising Opportunity

Students and families can earn money for their school and earn free Shore Buddies plush friends, through a unique cans and bottles recycling opportunity provided by One Earth Recycling. For more information on how you can recycle to help your school, check out this flyer and visit OneEarthRecycling.com.

ON-GOING - PepsiCo Recycle Rally

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

As other funding opportunities become available they will be listed here.