Schools are required to recycle under the same landfill ban guidelines as households.
Recyclables must be collected separately from trash. Recycling containers must be available in school buildings, and recycling carts or dumpsters available outdoors for collection by a hauler. For more information, please visit the Wisconsin DNR website and search "School Recycling" or check out the DNR's Recycling and Waste Reduction - a Guide for Schools.
Waukesha County Green Schools Assistance Program
The Waukesha County Green School Assistance program offers recycling technical assistance. Our staff will meet with the principal, custodial staff, the school green team, or other staff that assists with recycling and waste services at the school. During this meeting, staff will conduct a free school waste review and provide technical assistance to improve waste reduction and potentially help save the school money!
Our staff also provides complementary education for students and staff to help promote proper recycling. Our free, high energy all-school assemblies are the most effective method for improving recycling at your school. Want to request a recycling assembly or program for your school or classroom? Visit our online education program request system to request an assembly or program today!
*By appointment only. Minimum group sizes and residency requirements apply.
State & National Green Schools Programs
Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin empowers, supports and recognizes schools for nurturing healthy kids and sustainable communities. Participating schools may reduce environmental impacts and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental and sustainability literacy.
Administered through a partnership among the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, this initiative provides information, resources, and support for all school staff, community members and others interested in green and healthy initiatives and activities for Wisconsin’s public and private schools.
For more information about Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin visit Wisconsin DNR.
Milk Carton & Juice Box Recycling
Getting a process started for recycling milk cartons and juice boxes at your school is easier than you think! Milk Carton & Juice Box Recycling