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Recycling - School Program

Schools play an essential role in making recycling work in the District of Columbia.  Having a school recycling program provides a great learning experience for everyone who is involved.  Schools and recycling make a great partnership.  By recycling, schools can make a significant contribution to the District’s recycling efforts while protecting the environment.

Students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents can learn not only the basics of recycling, but of environmental stewardship by recycling at school, which can be extended throughout the community.  This also provides opportunities for teachers to offer valuable hands-on, real-life lessons to students, and schools may save money through avoided disposal costs. 

Remember, the four R’s – Rethink, Reduce, Re-use and then Recycle.  For presentations, an appointment with “CC the Clean Cat” mascot and more information contact our SWEEP Jr. Program.

Need help in starting a recycling program? Please contact our sister agency, the Department of General Services:

Ms. Beth Gingold
Schools Conservation Coordinator
Sustainability + Energy Division
Department of General Services
1250 U Street, NW, 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 727-3587

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