Recycling means setting aside materials that can be recycled so that they can be collected and then made into new products.
This web page includes the recycling assistance, supplies, and guides provided by the King County Green Schools Program for school and district participants.
Assistance and supplies
For each school participant, the Green Schools Program assigns a program representative who will visit the school and help assess how it can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The representative assists each school to make improvements, solve problems, and promote successes.
The program provides recycling stickers and containers. Also, see the helpful guides listed below and the recycling resource list on the program website.
- Recycling stickersDownload PDF 271 K The program provides stickers that can be adhered to recycling containers.
- Recycling containersDownload PDF 57 K The program provides recycling containers, as needed, up to $200 per school. King County purchases the recycling containers directly from a vendor and has them delivered to participating schools.
- Recycling collection optionsDownload PDF 165 K Use this guide to help decide how your school will empty its indoor recycling containers and transport them to its outdoor recycling Dumpster.
- Milk carton recyclingDownload PDF 95 K Use this guide to plan and initiate milk carton recycling and leftover liquids collection at your school.
- Common recycling questionsDownload PDF 167 K This Q & A document provides answers to common school recycling questions.
Educational and promotional resources
- Educational programs. Sign up for King County Solid Waste Division’s free classroom workshops, elementary school assembly program, and other educational resources.
- Communication guideDownload PDF 162 K This document includes ideas about how to promote waste reduction, recycling, and other conservation practices in your school – and how to conduct regular or ongoing promotion.
- Recycling kick-off eventDownload PDF 265 K Use this guide to plan a successful kick-off event.
- Staff meeting presentationsDownload PDF 241 K Use this guide to plan a short staff meeting presentation about waste reduction and recycling practices.
- Recycling quiz show questionsDownload PDF 57 K These "quiz show" questions can be used at a school assembly, in a school lunchroom, or in classrooms.
- Facts about Waste Reduction and RecyclingDownload PDF 294 K Use WRR fast facts in PA announcements, in the lunchroom and at assemblies, in emails and in school and parent newsletters, on the school website, and in other publications to educate students, staff, and parents about the benefits of reducing waste and recycling.
- Sample PA AnnouncementsDownload PDF 111 K Regularly use these sample announcements to promote recycling.
- Field trips (Microsoft Word document, 82 K) Take your students on a field trip tour of a recycling, reuse or composting facility.
- Sample principal emails: Ask your principal to send an email to all staff regarding the school’s recycling program (sample emailDownload PDF 105 K). Ask your principal to send an email to all staff at the end of the school year regarding recycling successes and recycling containers (sample end of year emailDownload PDF 29 K).
- King County Green Works newsletters. The newsletters include articles about recycling, waste reduction, recycled content paper, energy reduction, and other conservation topics. Also see the other tools on this web page.
Monitoring recycling and garbage
Use these tools to track your school’s garbage, recycling, and food scrap volumes, and to calculate its recycling rate.
- Garbage and recycling tracking formDownload PDF 143 K Use this form to monitor fullness of outdoor recycling and garbage Dumpsters.
- Food scrap assessment Download MS Word document , 35 K – Before starting a composting collection program, your school may want to use this form to measure its food scrap volume and/or weight.
- Summer and school vacation garbage and recycling collection servicesDownload PDF 38 K To save money over the summer or during other school vacations, change your school’s garbage and recycling collection service to “on call” by giving this form to your principal, custodian, or school district office.
- Clear plastic bag vendors Download MS Word document , 90 K
- Electronics recycling. E-Cycle Washington provides free electronics recycling for Washington public and private schools for the following equipment: computers, laptops, monitors, and TVs. For more information and to locate electronics recycling vendors, visit E-Cycle Washington external link or call 1-866-779-6632. Some vendors listed on the King County recycling vendor website are participating in E-Cycle Washington. Please note that the King County site is not a complete, up-to-date listing of all E-Cycle Washington vendors.
- Fundraising ideas related to recycling Download MS Word document , 600 K
- Grant and award opportunities listDownload PDF 150 K
- Printer cartridge recycling vendors Download MS Word document , 50 K
- Recycling old plastic garbage and recycling containers Download MS Word document , 50 K
- Textbook reuse and recycling options Download MS Word document , 70 K