2 sets of sorted bins

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

  • Sorting signs
  • Sorting stations 
  • Waste audits
  • Recycling at school 
  • Composting at school 
  • Food recovery
  • Reducing waste at its source
  • Education resources: curricula, activities
  • Zero waste school events

 

 

Sorting signs
  • Signs for lunchroom recycling in CPS This set of signs is designed for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that would like to recycle in the lunchroom. It includes two options for the type of container to use for collecting liquids. This set includes an optional sign for plate-stacking. Stacking plates will greatly reduce the volume of landfill as well as the number of times the custodian needs to change the landfill bags. Note: The cardboard plates used in CPS are compostable in commercial composting facilities. Unless your school has commercial composting service, the plates should be added to the Landfill bin.

Sorting signs without compost

  • Signs for lunchroom recycling and commercial composting in CPS: This set of signs is designed for CPS schools with commercial composting service. It includes two options for the type of container to use for collecting liquids. This set includes a sign for plate-stacking. Stacking plates significantly reduces the volume they take up, as well as the number of times the custodian needs to change the landfill bags. Note: The cardboard plates used in CPS are compostable in commercial composting facilities. If your school has commercial composting service, the stacked plates can be added to the Compost bin at the end of each lunch period. If your school does not have commercial composting service, the plates should be added to the Landfill bin.

Sorting line

classroom recycling sign

  • Sorting signs from the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
  • Sign attachment method: A best practice for sign placement is to attach signs directly above the sorting bins. If your sorting bins are against a wall, then they can easily be taped to the wall. But if the bins need to be located away from walls, here is a low-cost method for attaching them. The only materials needed are small hand clamps (available at hardware stores for about $1 each) and rulers or wood shims (also available at hardware stores).

Sorting Sign Attachment MethodSorting Sign Attachment Method 2

 
Sorting Stations
 
Waste audits
 
Recycling at school
 
Composting at school
 
Food recovery
 
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 service ware
 
Education: curricula & activities

Curricula

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  • Don’t Throw Me Away: A Zero Waste Curriculum by Seven Generations Ahead -- Click HERE to request a FREE electronic copy

Activities and field trips

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Zero waste school events