Recycling is one of the easiest things to do when it comes to being eco-friendly. Many large businesses put recycling programs into play simply because of the sheer amount of garbage they tend to generate. High schools generate a lot of trash due to the high number of people who attend or work at the school. Given that so many recycling will come from one place, it is imperative that the waste be properly sorted for disposal. This is where specific recycling bins come into play.

Many schools even allow the students to become involved in the recycling process and many schools have ‘eco’ or ‘earth’ clubs that are dedicated to assisting in the proper recycling of the schools’ waste materials. Oftentimes the janitorial service of the school will assist these students. The great thing about these clubs is that they operate “in-house” and usually perform the work for no cost.

High schools have a tendency to generate every type of waste: from cardboard to aluminium to plastics. It is important that there is a bin for each specific subset of waste material and that these bins are properly labelled or otherwise easily distinguishable. The main kinds of recycling bins that a high school will need are as follows: mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal. These categories will be suitable for most high school’s needs.

Mixed paper recycling containers usually accumulate the most recyclable waste. High school staff and students still have a tendency to use a lot of paper, even though many processes are switching over to digital. Items to put into mixed paper recycling include notebook paper, printer or copier paper, old newspapers, magazines, and phones. The types of paper used in the art department – craft, watercolour, and tissue – can usually be placed in these sorts of bins.

Plastic, glass, and metal can be difficult to recycle – especially since these materials operate on a “rating” system that indicates if the material can be recycled and the purity of material. Many of these products are manufactured from alloys or mixed materials, so it is important to identify whether or not they can be recycled. Contacting the local waste management or recycling facility will provide answers on what kinds of plastic, glass, and metal is acceptable for recycling. Commonly recycled plastic, glass, and metal items include food containers, jars, and cans. Speaking of cans, many schools choose to separate beverage containers when recycling, as these items can often time be redeemed for cash value. Items that are being taken to be redeemed for cash value should be emptied and at the very least, rinsed out prior to donation.

Cardboard waste is also a significant portion of the waste generated by high schools and the majority of it seems to come from the kitchen staff since food supplies have a tendency to arrive in bulk in cardboard boxes. High school administrators should make sure that kitchen staff is adequately informed about what to do with cardboard waste and should also make sure that the kitchen staff has proper recycling containers for the waste that they generate.

Any and all recycling bins used in high schools should be clearly marked and there should be an adequate amount of bins distributed throughout the school. Not too many people will make an effort to recycle in they have to walk all the way across the school grounds to do so. By following these simple steps, recycling waste will be an easy task for both high school staff and students to accomplish.

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