Recycling at School
Teaching our children to reduce, reuse, and recycle now is the way to a better future! Free presentations, technical assistance, and supplies are available to schools in the unincorporated areas of the County to help supplement existing recycling programs or start new ones.
Schools and other public entities that generate 2 or more cubic yards of combined solid waste and recycling per week must arrange for recycling services (AB 341), including organics (AB 1826 and SB 1383).
Technical Assistance & Supplies
County staff is available to help schools establish or strengthen campus recycling programs. Staff can identify opportunities for source reduction, design a custom recycling program, and teach school staff and students different ways to promote and encourage campus participation. The County may provide recycling containers for schools to collect recyclables, while supplies last. Please contact a Recycling Specialist at Recycle@sdcounty.ca.gov or 858-694-2456 for information.
Presentations last approximately 45 minutes, and are delivered via PowerPoint, hands on activities, and visual aids. Presentations focus on litter, reducing, reusing, recycling, and proper disposal of household hazardous waste. Students will learn what, why, and how they can help make our community cleaner and more sustainable. School presentations are available for groups ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade. To schedule a presentation for your school or group, call 1-877-R-1-EARTH.
Composting Presentations & Programs
Presentations last 30-60 minutes with age-appropriate content and hands on activities including traditional compost and worm bin set up, and in some cases donation of bins as funds allow. Please contact a Recycling Specialist at Recycle@sdcounty.ca.gov or 858-694-2456 if you are interested in setting up a composting program in your school.
- Recycling Resources
Food Waste Reduction & Composting Resources
- Video: Kids Talk Trash...and Composting!
- School Waste Reduction Guide
- School Sustainable Food Management Startup Guide
- School Source Reduction Guide
- School Lunch Sorting Guide
- School Food Donation Guide
- Feeding Animals Guide
- Composting at Schools
- Composting at Schools - Options and Regulations
- Composting Tips for School and Community Gardens
- School Share Table Guidance
Have a recycling question? Email Recycle@sdcounty.ca.gov or call: