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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.

Read more about the DCPS Recycles! Program

Recent Announcements

DC Schools Spring Competition: In the DC Reduce First! Challenge schools have tackled paper, plastic, and food waste.Now it's up to the schools to decide how to reduce waste! Sign up for the DC Reduce First!Competition:Classrooms Edition where schools will identify a commonly wasted item in classrooms and work to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in classroom recycling and trash bins.All DCPS and charter schools are encouraged to participate! Click here for DC Reduce First! Competition instruction manual.

DCPS Recycles! Honor Roll: Use the Honor Roll Self-Assessment to see if your school is on track to be recognized for honor roll when applications become available in April! Use this as a guage of how well your school is doing and where improvement is still needed.

Single Stream Recycling: In November, the DCPS Recycles! Program transitioned to single-stream recycling. Single-stream recycling, also known as "mixed recycling", means that all materials that can be recycled are collected and disposed of together.No need to separate cardboard and paper from plastics,metals, and glass.Now you can recycle the same way at school and at your home in DC!

Learn more about recycling at your school:

Building a Recycling Program

Equipment and Supplies

Hauling Services

How is DCPS Recycles! Doing?

More Resources

For Teachers

For Custodial and Operations Staffers

For Principals and Administrators

For Construction and Design Teams

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