Healthy Schools: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

One of the core ideas behind environmental responsibility is the “3 R’s.” By practicing the 3 R’s you conserve natural resources and prevent pollution that ends up contaminating our air, water, soil and, eventually, our bodies.


Buy and use less stuff! Your first priority should be idenitfying ways to reduce how many products your school purchases and uses. Get off junk mail lists, make school announcements and newsletters electronic for those who have access, buy things in bulk to reduce packaging.


Things don’t always have to go in the garbage after one use, or even after you think you’re done with it. Get creative and give things a second life by hosting a school yard sale, using paper that only has printing on one side as scratch paper, and making “garbage sculptures.”


Find out what your local recycling facility takes and make sure you have collection bins clearly labeled around the school.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources – Green Flag School Program, Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Recycle This

Reuse + Recycling = Waste Reduction -(pdf, 30pgs) US EPA – This easy to use guide helps schools and community groups find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in a wide variety of ways. Helpful tips, success stories and additional resources.

WasteWise – US EPA – WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows partners to design their own waste reduction programs tailored to their needs.

Healthy School Environment Resources for Recycling – US EPA

Eco-Cycle – Helping schools work towards zero-waste!

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