Recycling at Schools & Other Venues
Marion County Recycling & Litter Control is proud that two schools are recycling and more schools are interested in recycling next year.
- Barrackville Elementary School
- Blackshere Elementary School, Mannington
- East Fairmont High School
- East Fairmont Middle School
- East Park Elementary School, Fairmont
- Fairmont Catholic School
- Fairview Elementary
- Fairview Middle School
- Monongah Middle School
- North Marion High School, Farmington (Open to the public)
- Watson Elementary School, Fairmont
- West Fairmont Middle School
- West Fairmont Senior High School
There is no one-size-fits-all that is effective for everyone; instead, a flexible approach will be the most effective. We can help you to set up a sustainable, well-run recycling program and work with you avoid or solve some of the problems that often occur. Solid waste management will depend on location, waste hauler, type of group and size of venue.
The first step to creating a successful program is to educate administrators, teachers, students, and staff about appropriate solid waste disposal in your county. Don’t forget! Recycling can be as simple as encouraging members to increase recycling on their own or to reduce the amount of waste they produce, such as waste free lunches. You can let them know that you are committed to the environment by asking them to be part of a recycling team.
The second step is a waste audit to determine the types of waste you generate and identify potential recyclables and savings. In general, the bulk of waste will be cardboard and paper. Encourage students and staff to use reusable containers. Since many people bring home TONS of paper, it is important to encourage them to recycle at home.
The third step is to develop a solid waste management plan, even if it only indicates who is responsible for trash pick-up and specifies the designated space for trash collection. Recycling is not just good for the environment, it’s good for business. You can lower your trash bill and operating costs by pulling out and recycling bulky or heavy items like cardboard and glass.
*** The most successful recycling is controlled by an administrator because it can be incorporated into day-to-day operations. The administrator can educate students and leaders about operational procedures.***
A great group activity is to adopt a litter spot near or on school or park property. During a recent clean up event, one group picked up over four large trash bags full of cigarette butts from a school parking lot.
The key to success is to start small and don’t try to do everything at once. It might take time to reach your ultimate recycling goals.