Recycling means setting aside materials that can be recycled so they can be collected and then made into new products.
See below for the recycling assistance, supplies, and guides provided by the King County Green Schools Program for school and district participants. Also see Reducing food waste in schools.
Assistance, recycling bins and signs
For each participant, the Green Schools Program assigns a program representative who will visit the school or district facility, help students and staff members assess current practices, and offer guidance on reducing, reusing, and recycling. The representative assists each school or district team to make improvements, solve problems, and promote successes.
The program provides recycling stickers and indoor bins. Use the helpful guides listed below, and the recycling resources on the program website.
- Recycling stickersDownload PDF 300 K The program provides stickers that can be adhered to indoor recycling bins as well as signs for posting above recycling bins.
- Recycling containersDownload PDF 150 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.
- How to secure container liner in container Download PDF 275 K
- Sign holder options for cafeteria recycling and waste stations Download PDF 600 K
- Common recycling questionsDownload PDF 150 K This Q & A document provides answers to common school recycling questions.
- Shredded paper recycling options Download PDF 150 K Shredded paper is not accepted in commingled recycling bins. If your school or district has shredded paper, check out these recycling options.
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.
- Waste Reduction and Recycling fast facts Download PDF 130 K. Use in PA announcements, in the lunchroom, at assemblies, in emails, in school and parent newsletters, on the school website, and in other publications to educate students, staff, and parents about reducing waste and recycling.
- Fact vs. Fiction about reducing waste and recycling Download PDF 550 K
- Sample announcements and articles:
- Sample article announcing participation in the program and asking for volunteers Download Microsoft Word document 150 K
- Recycling Kick-off – sample announcements to promote a new recycling program Download Microsoft Word document 450 K
- Continuing to improve recycling Download Microsoft Word document 100 K – sample announcements to regularly promote recycling practices for established recycling programs.
- Sample principal emails: Ask your principal to send an email to all staff members about
- The school's program to reduce waste and to collect recyclable and compostable materialsDownload PDF 50 K
- The school's program to reduce waste and to collect recyclable materialsDownload PDF 50 K
- Sample end of year email Download PDF 40 K regarding recycling successes and recycling bins at end of school year.
- Incentives to encourage proper waste sorting Download PDF 200 K
- Field trips Download PDF 130 K Take your students on a field trip tour of a recycling, reuse or composting facility.
- King County Green Works newsletters. Articles include information 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