Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Read about Eco-Cycle's Schools Programs:

Lots of amazing presentations, activities, events, recycling tips, and more!

Guidelines to review and post (English & bilingual):

School Landfill Guide (bilingual)

School Recycling Guide (bilingual)

School Compost Guide (bilingual)

School Recycling Guide

School Landfill Guide

School Compost Guide

Read tips from the U.S. EPA and find neat resources here.

#1 Reduce

The first step in eliminating waste is by reducing the amount of trash you create in the first place!  

  • Buy only what you need
  • Buy products that can be reused
  • Buy products with little packaging
  • Sell or giveaway unwanted items
  • Reduce paper waste by canceling unwanted mail
#2 Reuse
To the extent possible, reuse items or re-purpose them.
  • Paper & envelopes can be used as scrap paper or crafts
  • Cardboard, newspaper and bubble wrap can be used as packing materials or art projects
  • Jars & containers can be used to store odds and ends such as home-made jam or coins
  • Plastic & paper bags can be used for groceries or to line garbage bins or for wrapping paper
  • Used wood can be used to make splints for plants or a birdhouse
#3 Recycle

Remember to recycle materials whenever possible.  There is no question that recycling is the right thing to do from an environmental standpoint but it also provides monetary benefits for our School District.  Recycling is so easy through our "SINGLE STREAMrecycling program which allows for the following items to be mixed together in the same recycle containers:


1.  PAPER:  Accounting ledgers, blueprint paper, booklets/pamphlets, business and index cards, calendars, catalogs (stapled & glued catalogs up to ½”), computer printouts, envelopes (white or pastel colored, windows), file folders, magazines, NCR (carbonless paper), newspaper, newspaper inserts, office paper (white or light colored), paper ream wrappers (white only), phone books, Post-Its, posters, scratch paper, slick/glossy paper.  Note: Stamps/mailing labels and staples are OK

2.  PAPERBOARD:  Light cardboard-like boxes, i.e. cracker boxes, tissue boxes, etc.

3.  CARDBOARD:  Please flatten, take larger ones to the white collection bin located outside the school.

4.  COMMINGLE CONTAINERS: Cans and bottles: glass, plastic bottles and tubs (#1 thru 7)


Please use your recycle box or other recycle containers located inside the building to collect recyclable materials.  Staff or students may also empty all recyclables into the tan collection bin marked recycling located outside the building.


It is important to note that the following items MAY NOT be recycled through our Single Stream program:  Any bright (neon) or deep, dark colored office paper/butcher paper/construction paper, hanging file folders, overhead transparencies, paper towels, photographs, plastics (including laminates), sticker, tissues, Tyvek envelopes (FedEx-type), unopened mail (please open first, then recycle).


The following items may also be RECYCLED accordingly:


1.  BATTERIES:  You may place all types of spent batteries in an envelope and send to Risk Management, ESC.

2.  CELL PHONES:  Mead High School, Central, Indian Peaks, Loma Linda, and Rocky Mountain Elementary Schools collect and recycle these. All other sites can send old cell phones to DTS and they will recycle them via eCycle.  

3.  COMPUTERS AND TECH EQUIPMENT:  Send a work order to DTS to recycle school equipment. DTS recycles this equipment via Metech Recycling. Personal equipment is the responsibility of the owner.  Please remember that it is illegal to dump computer equipment and monitors in the trash.

4.  INK JET CARTRIDGES:  Toshiba empty toner cartridges should be recycled at each site by using the recycle box supplied by Toshiba to mail them back to the company. For non-Toshiba cartridges your school may have a recycle program.  If not, Mead High School and Central, Indian Peaks, Loma Linda and Rocky Mountain Elementary Schools also collect and recycle these. 

5.  TEXT BOOKS:  Send a work order to the warehouse at CBESC and they will pick up old textbooks.

6.  OVERHEAD TRANSPARENCIES:  Overhead transparencies can be sent to DTS, attention Karen Adams, for recycling.

7.  OTHER ITEMS:  Please have your school submit a work order if you have items to donate that are in decent condition. Goodwill Industries will take these for reuse or refurbishing.


Recycling in our facilities should be as easy as choosing the recycle bin over the one for trash, the choice is in your hands.


Please continue to use your recycle box and other recycle containers located throughout your facilities to ensure the continued success of our recycling program.  Keep up the good work!