Back-to-School Tools from CalRecycle
School is out for summer, but not for much longer. In just a few short weeks, many of California’s 6.2 million students will head back to class equipped with notebooks, pencils, flash drives, and dozens more items on the average school supplies list. When you factor in other necessities to keep the state’s nearly 10,000 schools running smoothly—including 180 days of lunch service for those 6.2 million students—you can start to grasp the tremendous challenge of managing the districts’ discards.
According to the latest Commercial Waste Characterization Study, California schools dispose of roughly 562,442 tons of waste each year. CalRecycle is working to help decrease those disposal numbers with free back-to-school tools that students, parents, and districts can use to save money and protect our natural resources.
Tools for Schools
- Learn how to start a beverage container recycling program at school.
- Order a free Recycling Starter Kit to boost recycling at your school.
- Get free signs, posters, flyers, and stickers to help students separate organic waste.
- Start a school garden to save money and educate students.
- Learn how to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste at schools.
- Create a compost pile at school to fertilize your garden and make the most out of your organic waste.
- Use CalRecycle’s free EEI curriculum to ensure environmental literacy with hands-on, relevant lessons.
Tools for Parents and Students
- See CalRecycle’s back-to-school waste prevention tips.
- Shop the Recycle Store for supplies made from recycled materials.
- Use Freecycle to swap items with people in your area.
- See fun ways to recycle for the upcoming school year.
- Learn about California’s recycling programs and help shape future policy with CalRecycle’s C3 guidebook.
These back-to-school tips can also help schools support California’s groundbreaking efforts to reduce our reliance on landfills, cut our greenhouse gas emissions, and achieve the highest and best use of all materials in California.