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Healthy Schools

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Under the 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.


Announcing the DCPS Recycles! Program 2014-2015

Announcing the DCPS Recycles! Program 2014-2015

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 to sort paper recyclables, mixed recyclables, non-recyclable trash, and - according to this schedule - organics.

To achieve this:

  • Everyone is expected to participate! All staff and students are to sort waste according to the labels and instructions provided.
  • 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 head custodian and/or principal how you can assist with your school’s program.

Classrooms and offices should each have a bin for collecting paper recyclables and common areas may have bins for sorting mixed recyclables or paper recyclables. The cafeteria and kitchen will have bins for sorting organics, mixed recyclables and trash.

The updated DCPS Recycles! Waste Management Procedures provides full details on the program. The DCPS Recycles! All Staff Presentation is an editable powerpoint for principals or program delegates to communicate about the program to all staff.

The Department of General Services (DGS) is responsible for providing hauling services, supplies (bins, lids, labels, compostable liners) and on-site support from a DC Schools Conservation Fellow.

Calling for Volunteers - Cafeteria Bin Monitor Enrollment Starts July 30, 2014

If you are interested in helping DCPS schools kick-off recycling of food waste in their cafeterias, please use this online form! For highest placement preference, complete the form by August 15, 2014.

Recycling Resources

Past Announcements