Schools

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New services for schools and businesses will be available starting July 2013 under a new collection services agreement between the City and its exclusive hauler Recology. Contact Recology at (650) 967-3034 for technical assistance to set up or refresh food waste composting programs, recycling programs, or arrange school year-end clean outs. 

More than half of school waste can be diverted from the landfill by recycling, reuse and waste reduction methods. The City provides free recycling, but it is important to recycle right to prevent contamination that may result in the recycling being landfilled and charges on the school's utility bill.   Please educate students, teachers, and custodians about how to recycle right.  See What's Recyclable and this Poster.

The City's school recycling program helps students and teachers recycle paper, bottles and cans and learn how to compost food waste using either a worm bin or compost bin.

Elementary Schools

school girls working on recyclingThe elementary school program is introduced to students, teachers, and custodians through a School Assembly and Waste Free Lunch Day event organized by teachers and students. In addition, the school receives the environmental curriculum developed by the State of California (see Education Links below). In May 2007, the Mountain View-Whisman School District stopped using styrofoam lunch trays (shown in 2004 photo at left) in favor of reusable plastic trays, which serve the same purpose--without all the waste.

 

High Schools

Mountain View High School participated in the City's Clean Organics Composting Pilot in the Spring of 2011. The Environmental Club took the lead on this project to replace polystyrene (foam) lunch trays with compostable trays (paid for with their own funds). Environmental Club students guided other students on how to correctly sort their lunch scraps and trays from other recyclables and trash. The containers were placed in the cafeteria and nearby outdoor areas. Environmental Club students checked the containers daily and provided a report listing quantity, contaminants (trash or recycling in the compostables), and calculated a diversion rate.

Thanks to the school and other businesses participating in the pilot, the composting program is now available through Recology Mountain View. It requires schools and businesses to switch to compostable foodware and packaging, and eliminate polystyrene foam service ware and other non-compostable plastics.

See below for a list of composting, recycling and trash services provided to schools and other businesses.

End-of-Year Clean-Out

At the end of the school year, we can help set up "clean out" services for teachers and facility management or provide referrals for handling the school's e-waste. The City's exclusive hauler provides all hauling services, including roll-off boxes for construction or yard waste, which are also recycled at the City's SMaRT Station. For more information, please contact Recology at (650) 967-3034. 

Recycling

  • Clean Paper or Newspaper
  • Glass Bottles
  • Aluminum and Metal Cans and Lids
  • Plastic Bottles, Tubs and Trays (marked #1-7) must be a bottle, tub or tray (no lids)
  • Beverage and soup cartons for products such as juice, milk, soy and grain milk, box wine, cream, egg substitutes (lids okay).
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Clean Pizza Boxes
  • No Plastic Bags or Wrap

Food Scraps (Composting)

  • Dirty Pizza Boxes
  • Dirty Paper
  • Compostable Foodware
  • Compostable Cups (marked PLA)
  • Paper plates
  • French fry boxes
  • Paper cups (waxy okay but no plastic lids)
  • No Plastic of any Kind

Trash (Landfill)

  • Paper contaminated with oil, food, or paint
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Pizza Boxes contaminated with oil or food
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags & Wrap
  • Frozen Food Cartons
  • Plastic Cups / Straws
  • Any recyclable still wrapped in plastic bags or wraps like newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cushioned mailers, tyvex envelopes, or cardboard soda cases.

School Environmental Education Links

K-12 Education for Teachers

Books for Preschoolers:

  • Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel and Alexendra Colombo
  • Why Should I Recycle by Jen Green
  • The 3 R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by Nuria Roca
  • The Day the Trash Came Out to Play by David M. Beadle

 

 

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