DGS - Healthy Schools
Under the DC Healthy Schools Act of 2010, DGS is responsible for a variety of activities designed to ensure that schools are healthy, safe places to learn. These include programs on recycling and composting, energy reduction, drinking water testing, indoor air quality, and integrated pest management.
For more information, please contact Beth Gingold, Schools Conservation Coordinator, Department of General Services - Sustainability and Energy Division.
DCPS Recycles! Back to School Actions
Welcome back! Here are the first steps school staff can take to get started right on recycling this year:
- Principals: Delegate responsibilities for recycling using this form!
- Administrative delegates: Use the DCPS Recycles Memo and editable All Staff Presentation to announce the program to all staff.
- Operations delegates: Review the DCPS Recycles Waste Management Procedures, check hauling services, and inventory supplies. Check whether your school is on the Organics Hauling Services Schedule this year.
- Education delegates: Review the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll Cheat Sheet and the “Conduct a waste study” ideas for engaging students
- All teachers: Check your classroom supplies – you should have a blue bin with a label for paper only and a black or gray bin for trash. Review the Classroom Recycling Acceptable Items.
- Everyone: Learn more about the DCPS Recycles! program below!
For assistance, please contact Beth Gingold, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About DCPS Recycles!
The DCPS Recycles! program is designed to fulfill legal requirements; improve building operations; reduce waste of money and natural resources; achieve the SustainableDC target of zero waste by 2032; and teach DCPS students values and skills for a sustainable 21st century. The goal is to sort all waste properly so as much as possible can be composted or recycled instead of sent to a landfill or incinerator!
All DCPS schools are expected to sort paper recyclables, mixed recyclables, non-recyclable trash, and – in these 70 schools this year – organics.
To achieve this,
- Everyone is expected to participate! All staff and students are to sort waste into bins according to labels and instructions provided.
- Teachers are responsible for ensuring blue classroom bins are used for PAPER ONLY.
- Custodial staff is responsible for collection. Custodial staff is NOT responsible for sorting – if one person puts trash in a recycling bin everything in it becomes trash.
- Anyone can advocate! Ask your principal who is the administrator who has been delegated using this form as responsible for your program.
Classrooms and offices should each have a bin for collecting PAPER ONLY and common areas may have bins for sorting mixed recyclables or paper recyclables. In schools recycling organics, the cafeteria will have bins for sorting organics, mixed recyclables and trash.
DGS provides pick up services, standardized supplies, and on-site support. Please contact Beth.Gingold@dc.gov for assistance with your school’s program.
- Principal Delegate Contact Form
- DCPS Recycles! Program Memo 2015-2016
- DCPS Recycles! All Staff Presentation
- DCPS Recycles! Waste Management Procedures August 2015
- Organics Hauling Services Schedule
- DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll Cheat Sheet
- Conduct a Waste Study
- Classroom Recycling Acceptable Items
- DCPS Recycles! Signs and Labels
- Design Guidance for Construction Teams