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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.


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.

DCPS Recycles! Success Stories and Organics Service Start Dates for Next YearDCPS Recycles! Success Stories and Organics Service Start Dates for Next Year

The Department of General Services (DGS) is proud to share this year’s DCPS Recycles! Success Stories. These stories are from just a few of the schools that made the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll and provide great examples for other schools to follow next year.

DGS is pleased to announce the organics service start dates for all DCPS schools for 2014-2015.  Many thanks to all the schools that volunteered to start the first day of school. We could not accommodate all requests but selected schools that made the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll and had the luck of being located near the existing commercially viable hauling route.

Schools that will be receiving organics collection service starting August 26, 2014 are:

  • Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (Ward 6)
  • Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (Ward 6)
  • Hart Middle School (Ward 8)
  • J.O. Wilson Elementary School (Ward 6)
  • McKinley Technology High School (Ward 5)
  • Moten Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • Orr Elementary School (Ward 8)
  • School Without Walls at Francis Stevens (Ward 2)
  • Powell Elementary School (Ward 4)
  • Thomson Elementary School (Ward 2)

All schools that requested early start dates will start on November 3, 2014. All other schools will start on February 2, 2015.

recycle logoRequest Recycling Supplies and Organics Service Start Date by May 30, 2014!

DCPS Schools: Please fill out this form by May 30, 2014 to order recycling supplies for the 2014-2015 school year and to select a preferred start date for the new organics/composting service.

All supply orders will be filled by August 25, 2014. Small orders may be filled earlier.

Next year the program will include setting up kitchens and cafeterias for recycling and compost! DGS will provide necessary bins and compostable liners.

Schools that do not select a preferred start date will be assigned a default start date:

  • November 3, 2014 for Elementary and food services "hub" schools
  • February 2, 2015 for Education Campuses and High Schools.

Note: A supplies inventory is a great exercise for a green team!

DCPS Recycles! participantHappy Earth Day (April 22, 2014) and Congratulations to the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll

Many thanks to all the staff and students at DCPS schools who are making every day Earth Day by recycling, especially the custodial staff!

Today DGS released the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll recognizing 40 schools that have shown enthusiasm for, and excellence in, recycling this year.

Special recognition also goes to the 11 schools that participated in the compost pick up pilot, paving the way for the expansion of the program to all DCPS schools next year.

Check to see if your school made the DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll 2014.

Recycling Resources

Past Announcements