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Are you interested in setting up or expanding a recycling program on your campus?  The District's Recycle @ School program is designed to help promote recycling at school and get students involved.  Click on the logo below to check out some of the resources available to help you get started.




What Can You Do to Help?


There are a lot of little things you can do to help jump start your school's recycling program. Encourage everyone in class to Choose Blue! This means putting all recyclable paper, cardboard, designated plastics, and beverage containers in the blue classroom recycling bins and not in the trash!  If students use the recycling bin as a trash can, well, that causes problems, too. Recyclables need to be kept separated from trash, or the staff or volunteers who collect them might have to trash them! What a waste.  It only takes a second to choose the right bin.

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Recyclables collected from classrooms and school offices need to make it to the large blue recycling dumpster outside.  Sometimes the Building Services Supervisors (BSS), or high school Plant Operations Supervisors (POS), or their staff are able to do that, but often times they need help.  At some schools student groups, such as Student Council, ASB, a Special Education class, or an Environmental Club are in charge of campus recycling.  They do a great job of helping their school and the environment!



If your school does not have a group in charge of recycling, consider starting one!  Ask your principal or teacher if you and some friends can collect recyclables before or after school, during lunch, or at another time during the day.  Most principals and teachers are willilng to let students help out around campus.  

Recycle @ Elementary School


Recycling at elementary school is easy!  For more detailed information, ideas, and resources, click the button below.



Recycle @ Middle & High School


There are lots of opportunities to recycle at middle and high schools.  These schools generate the most trash and recyclables, not just because of their size, but also because of the number of sports and activities taking place on campus.  Click the button below for more information on how to set up recycling programs at middle and high schools.




SDUSD Facts & Stats

# of Elementary Schools (K-5)


# of Middle Schools (6-8)


# of High Schools (9-12)


# of K - 8 Schools




Student Enrollment


# of Trash Dumpsters


# of Recycling Dumpsters


# of Greenery Dumpsters


Total Trash Generated/Month 

14,523 cubic yards

Recyclables & Greens Gen/Mo.

10,728 cubic yards

Overall School Waste Diversion


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