School recycling programs vary hugely in size and quality across the United States. Fortunately, these programs are becoming more common, but many schools lack the drive or the budget to start programs. A number of states have mandatory recycling programs in place for their public schools. As a result, these locations are usually far ahead of the rest of the states when it comes to school recycling programs in both results and comprehensiveness.
Here are the top five mandatory school recycling programs by state:
All public schools in Connecticut are required to recycle fourteen specific types of items, and many are able to recycle more. The mandatory items include corrugated cardboard, metal and glass food containers, and office paper. This mandatory program for school recycling is an important part of the state’s waste management plan, and the government emphasizes that it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about recycling and the environment.
New Jersey’s public schools receive excellent guidance for setting up their recycling programs. Its guidelines are suitable for private and religious schools as well, and the state has been assisting with these programs for nearly for over twenty-five years. New Jersey provides schools, teachers, and communities with a manual that covers all the recycling program needs you could think of, including student and community engagement.
New York requires that both public and private schools, including universities and colleges, collect and recycle all the materials that their local program is able to take care of. Each jurisdiction can set up their own program, within the guidelines of the state. One great feature of New York’s school recycling program is a challenged issued by the state to schools; schools that make great strides in improving their recycling programs and reducing waste receive special recognition.
Pennsylvania’s school recycling program mandates the recycling of a number of very common materials such as paper, glass, and cardboard. Since these materials are the most common in schools, they make up a good portion of the recyclable material received from educational institutions. Some areas may require other goods to be recycled as well, the most common being plastic. What makes Pennsylvania’s program a model for others is the useful information it provides to schools and communities on how to make the recycling process efficient and adaptable to their needs.
Rhode Island collects many recyclables, including the most common plastics and glass, as part of its mandatory school recycling program. In fact, the program that administers school recycling accepts more items than any other state. Rhode Island provides resources to help schools maintain and improve their recycling program. In addition, the state has a program that recycles waste items from businesses to schools who can make use of the items for creative and educational projects.
As recycling becomes more widely practiced, expect more states and schools to offer their teachers, students, and staff excellent opportunities to create and maintain strong recycling programs like these.