All schools have at least one trash dumpster, which is emptied each day by a trash hauler (e.g., Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern Waste Systems). The trash is then transported directly, or via a transfer station, to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County's facility where it is either landfilled or burned for energy recovery.
Our District spends a large portion of its annual operating budget on trash removal and are always therefore seeking ways to reduce its waste generation. We do this by employing the three Rs of REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING.
Typical school trash dumpsters
What can our schools recycle?
- Cardboard, paper, and mixed plastic, glass, and aluminum (together, called "commingled materials"), and electronic waste (commonly called "e-waste"), such as computer monitors, CPUs, VCRs, DVD players, and other small electronics.
- Ink and toner cartridge recycling services are provided by Dade Recycling. They will place a bin at your school and then when the bin is full, they will pick it up and issue the school a check for the proceeds. It's as easy as that!
- Batteries (rechargeables only; not the regular, alkaline-type, which can be thrown in the trash). Each school should have a blue, 5-gallon bucket in which to collect batteries. If you need a replacement bucket, request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who organizes a school's recycling efforts?
Collection and oversight is provided by staff and students (usually through an after-school or service-oriented club), with support from the school's administration and custodial staff. The most successful recycling programs also have parent and community involvement.
Who pays for the recycling services?
The District's utilities budget pays for the hauling service and lease fees associated recycling, so there is no direct cost to the school.