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Find all sorts of resources here for moving your school along a path to zero waste. Here is an outline of the toolkit resources (scroll down to view):

  • Getting started
  • Set-up and supplies
  • Waste audits
  • Recycling at school - resources
  • Composting at school - resources
  • Food recovery
  • Reducing waste at its source
  • Education resources: curricula, activities, sample presentations
  • Zero waste school events
  • Know your stuff -  Following the path of your school’s materials
  • Celebrating your impact

 

Getting started

Set-up and supplies

 

Sorting signs

Sorting Stations

  • Best practices / tips
  • SGA sample sorting stations (with and without composting)
  • Info about compostable bags
  • Link to Cafeteria Culture’s video: Sorting Station Set-Up Samples

Waste audits

  • Overview 
  • Sample data collection forms
    • For audit of lunchroom and kitchen
    • For waste characterization

Recycling at school

Composting at school

Food recovery

  • Illinois School Board of Education
  • USDA memo
  • Chicago Public School’s FoodShare Program

Reducing waste at its source

  • Packing a zero waste lunch - see Wastefreelunches.org
  • Use condiment dispensers instead of single-use condiment packets
  • Switch to washable utensils or lunch trays
  • Switch to recyclable or compostable packaging or serviceware

Education: curricula, activities, sample presentations

Curricula

  • Don’t Throw Me Away: A Zero Waste Curriculum (Seven Generations Ahead) (downloadable pdf)
  • The Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-8 (USEPA) (downloadable pdf)
  • Composting in the Classroom: Scientific Inquiry for High School Students (Cornell University) (downloadable pdf)

Activities and field trips

Sample presentations

Infographics library

Zero waste school events

Know your stuff -  Following the path of your school’s materials

  • The journey of material streams in Chicago Public Schools 
  • The journey of material streams in Oak Park School District 97 

Celebrating your impact

  • Sample template for communication piece

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