Schools are a Great Place to Get More Cartons
More than four billion food and beverage cartons are consumed in schools every year. The average U.S. school of 545 students consumes around 75,000 cartons each year. As schools work harder to be green and reduce the amount of waste, recycling food and beverage cartons is a win for everyone.
School recycling programs encourage children to learn about the importance of recycling and enable communities to recover larger quantities of cartons.
If your local facility accepts food and beverage cartons, we encourage you to consider adding cartons to your existing school recycling program. If your school does not have a recycling program, you can still start a carton recycling one. Our School Program Start-Up Guide and our School Best Practices Guide contain lots of helpful information to get you started and establish the best process. You can find additional resources to help start a program or promote an existing one to ensure everyone participates at the bottom of the page, including succesful case studies from Madison, WI and Missoula, MT. You can also sign up for our newsletter for tips and tricks on school recycling.
Implementing a food and beverage carton recycling program can make a huge difference. In some cases, the benefits can even include financial savings. In all cases, the benefits are environmental and educational. By adding food and beverage carton recycling, Westwood Elementary School increased their recycling to 8-9 bags of recyclables a day. Before adding carton recycling, the school tossed 10-12 bags of garbage each day. Now, their garbage has been cut to just 1-2 bags a day!
School Sustainability Programs: Thriving in Changing Times
Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference
In March 2020, schools everywhere shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, dismissing students from in-person instruction did not mean that school sustainability programs had to become dormant. Learn how three school districts used this unusual opportunity to improve their sustainability programs and build new partnerships to tackle recycling.
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