Waste Reduction and Recycling
Waste reduction and recycling are the focus of Level One of the King County Green Schools Program. After each school or school district completes the Level One criteria, recognition is awarded. For a description of the program, visit How it Works. Both waste reduction and recycling are important. By rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling the products it uses, schools can reduce the following:
Nearly all of the garbage generated by schools can be reduced, reused, recycled and composted. A waste composition study of Los Angeles schools found that a typical school's waste was comprised of:
For ideas on how to reduce waste, maintain an effective recycling program and teach students about waste reduction and recycling practices, see the Level One criteria checklist. There is one checklist for schools and another for school districts.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013