Where you are a school district administrator concerned about increases in solid waste disposal costs, a recycling-conscious teacher, or a city/county coordinator working with a local school district, California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) provides resources to help set up or improve upon existing school waste reduction programs.
One of the first steps in developing a district-wide waste reduction program is to identify the characterization of the school waste stream. This is a critical component in conducting waste assessments at the district level. CalRecycle has collected and prepared school waste characterization data that can be used by school districts to evaluate existing efforts and or jump-start the planning for a new program.
The School Waste Characterization Data indicates that over one-third of the waste that California schools produce is made up of paper — much of it single-use paper.