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  • What does Universal Recycling mean for Vermont schools?
  • School Recycling Program Guide & Scorecard
  • Food donation: Yes, You Can!
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
  • FAQs

School field day recycling game


What does Universal Recycling mean for Vermont schools?

Vermont schools play a critical role in implementing Universal Recycling throughout the state, both as producers of recyclables and organic materials (leaf and yard debris and food scraps) and most importantly as educators. Schools can teach their students why recycling and composting matter, and show their communities how it can be done.

Education: Building public awareness and understanding can significantly increase how much people recycle and compost, and reduce the amount of toxics we use and put into the waste stream. School recycling and composting programs provide ready-made opportunities for learning and lessons at all levels. Field trips to farms, recycling facilities, compost sites, and the landfill are excellent opportunities for students to really understand what happens to the materials we use and how to be better stewards of our limited resources.

Leadership: By going first, and demonstrating how simple it is, schools can show how small changes in routine can lead to big changes in our society, the sustainability of our communities, and our environmental impact. Students are also leaders. The behaviors we learn as children become our habits as adults, and the changes schools make today will be second nature to tomorrow’s generation. Recycling and composting are easy enough for even preschoolers to learn, and because they become part of a daily routine, these are some of the easiest and most positive environmental actions anyone can take.

Leading the way in recycling and composting empowers students to make a positive impact in their community and the world.

School Recycling Programs: Guide and Scorecard

School Recycling Guide -- How to develop, manage, and sustain school recycling and composting programs.

School Recycling Scorecard -- Take the test and see how your school is doing to reduce waste.


Additional content coming soon.

  • Food donation: Yes, You Can!
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
  • FAQs

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For more information, contact:

Mia Roethlein, Environmental Analyst IV


Call (802) 828.1138
Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive - Davis 1, Montpelier, VT  05620-3704


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