Recycling is important to help humans reduce their impact on the environment. Within schools, there are 3 main benefits to starting a recycling program:
- Save Money. Reducing waste and increasing recycling often requires there to be a shift in the size of your dumpsters and collection frequencies. This shift is where substantial savings can been seen as recycling
and organic recycling is exempt from the State of Minnesota Solid Waste Tax. In order to maximize the program and reduce the amount of tax you pay, it is a best practice to have a recycling bin next to every garbage can.
- Meet Regulations. The Waste Management Act requires that public entities have containers for at least three recyclable materials and transfer all recyclable materials collected to a recycler.
- Do the Right Thing. By choosing to recycle, your school can save natural resources, reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs. A win, win for everyone.
Not sure where to start?
Recycle More Minnesota is a tool kit developed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to help schools get a recycling program organized and operating successfully. The tool kit contains key steps, best practices and other resources to implement a successful recycling program. The tool kit also highlights what is happening in other Minnesota schools through case studies. Find case studies for various Minnesota schools here.