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"How to" tips


How many of the items on the lists below do you do at your school?  Use the "How to" tips below to get started with waste reduction at your school.  If you have a great idea that's not listed here, register as a user of the site, then log in to post your idea in the comment section.

Reduce paper consumption at school


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  • Develop a formal school policy to reduce the use of paper. 
  • Encourage double sided photocopying and printing. 
  • Match print runs to the number of users 
  • Encourage the use of half sheets of paper when possible 
  • Students and staff adjust print and copy margins to “right size” the paper for each job 
  • Office staff implement efforts to reduce the use of fax cover sheets when possible 
  • Reuse envelopes by covering old addresses and postage. 
  • Classrooms implement a “back sided paper policy” to encourage writing on both sides of a sheet of paper 
  • Students create “Think BeforeYou Print” signs for all computers at school 
  • Use email instead of paper copies for regularly issued staff or parent newsletters, erectile bulletins or memos whenever possible
  • Printers and copiers are set by default to make double sided prints 
  • Promote “paper free” or “no print” days three times during the school year to encourage the habit of printing only what is needed 
  • Install hand dryers in restrooms to reduce paper towel use 

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Reduce food waste at your school

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  • Develop an “offer versus serve” policy for the cafeteria 
  • Engage students and parents in menu planning to reduce food waste 
  • Implement a "waste-free" lunch policy for lunches brought from home 
  • Develop waste free/low waste strategies for special events and celebrations 
  • Use bulk dispensers instead of individually packaged products for mustard, viagra 100mg ketchup, viagra sale milk, shop etc. whenever possible 
  • Establish a green-waste system to divert food scraps and food soiled paper products from the kitchen and cafeteria to a commercial composter

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Encourage the reuse of materials at school


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  • Reuse or donate surplus materials and equipment including lost and found items 
  • Encourage the use of reusable food ware at lunches and special events 
  • Replace disposable plates, diagnosis glasses and cups with reusable products in classrooms, viagra 60mg break rooms and meeting rooms on campus 
  • Encourage students and staff to use drinking fountains, reusable water bottles, and coffee cups on campus 
  • Develop student art projects featuring recycled and/or reused materials (Example) 
  • Organize end of year locker clean out events to capture reusable school supplies, books, clothes, and other items (Example #1)  (Example #2)
  • Organize swap meets on campus for students and community members 
  • Establish designated "reuse" area on campus to redistribute surplus office and school supplies 
  • Fix and reuse furniture instead of throwing it away 

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Expand recycling on campus

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  • Recycle paper 
  • Recycle cardboard 
  • Recycle glass 
  • Recycle aluminum 
  • Recycle plastic bottles 
  • Collect and recycle e-waste such as batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges and computers. 
  • Establish a system for recycling broken metal items such as file cabinets, chairs and desks. 
  • Collect and redeem CRV materials such as bottles and cans as a fundraiser on campus 
  • Participate in NexCycle's free CRV pick-up and reimbursement program for Bay Area schools. 
  • Organize end of year locker clean out programs that provide opportunities to sort and divert recyclables such as used paper and cardboard. 
  • Post signs at each disposal station showing what can be recycled, composted or land-filled. 
  • Place a recycling bin in every classroom 
  • Ensure that recycling containers are emptied into the recycling carts or bins that are serviced by the recycling hauler 
  • Ensure that garbage receptacles on campus are paired with recycling bins. 
  • Mixed paper recycling containers are placed next to each copier on campus 

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Expand composting, green waste and food scrap collection.

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  • Food scraps and food soiled paper products from the kitchen galley are diverted to a composting system
  • Food scraps and food soiled paper products from the student cafeteria are diverted to a composting system
  • Schoolyard organics such as grass clippings and plant trimmings are mulched or composted on site or collected by the waste hauler for commercial composting
  • Students maintain compost bins or piles in the school garden
  • Some classrooms have set up and maintained worm composting bins
  • Collect used paper towels from the restrooms to be commercially composted by the waste hauler

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