Denver Public Works Solid Waste Management/Denver Recycles provides trash and recycling service for all Denver Public Schools and works extensively with DPS to educate students, teachers, parents and staff about the importance of recycling and waste reduction.
Denver Recycles Provides Denver Public Schools:
If you represent a DPS school and have questions about recycling, please email DenverRecycles@denvergov.org.
|Recycle Sort & Color (Grades K-2) Summary: Students learn how to sort their waste into recycling or trash using the Denver Recycles purple cart program.|
|Earth Pockets (Grades K-5) Summary: Students trace everyday objects back to the natural resources from which they were made and learn how to conserve natural resources and protect animal habitats.|
|Reusing Winter Waste (Grades 2-4) Summary: Students will learn the benefits of reuse by making a winter decoration with reused items.|
|Recycle Tag (Grades 3-5) Summary: Students play a game that reinforces their knowledge of what materials can and cannot be recycled.|
|It's A Wrap (Grades 3-6) Summary: Students use math and observation skills to analyze packaging of everyday items, and learn how to conserve natural resources and reduce litter and waste.|
|I Want It! I Need It! (Grades 3-6) Summary: Students play a sorting game to compare the difference between the things they need and the things they want.|
|I Want It! I Need It! (Grades 7-12) Summary: Students evaluate the difference between the things they need and the things they want and analyze their consumption habits.|
Here are some ways you can lessen your impact on the environment and still have a fantastic school year:
Each year when students clean out their lockers or desks, paper and other materials that could have been recycled or reused are needlessly thrown away. Think of all the work your school has put into waste reduction and recycling this year! Why stop now. Instead, follow this simple step-by-step plan for organizing an end of year clean-out and see how much your school can reuse, recycle and donate.
3. Begin saving cardboard boxes from the kitchen that can be labeled and use to collect reusable items.
4. Educate students and staff through signs and announcements about the "cleanout" and how to participate.
5. If possible, enlist parent volunteers, students and staff to monitor recycling stations on the day(s) of the cleanout.
Recycling During Cleanout Day
1. Label recycling bins/carts clearly, explaining what goes in and what stays out. Although students have already been recycling during the school year, an extra reminder during this busy time will be helpful.
Reuse During Cleanout Day
2. Place clothes donation boxes in a central reuse area or next to recycling stations for students to deposit unwanted clothing. Some students (especially older students) will throw out clothes at the end of the year rather than taking them home. These leftover clothing items can be donated to a local charity organization. (Identify a staff member or parent who can take the donated items to a local donation center.)