Welcome to Recycle Across America! Here you will learn how you can help fix recycling, starting in your school. It’s a simple solution with amazing results.
- Mitch Hedlund, Founder & Executive Director, Recycle Across America
Do you want to help students in your school recycle right AND save your school money? The Recycle Across America Schools Program is the program for you! Recycling is one of the most important actions society can take to simultaneously help the environment, the economy, manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans -- but recycling doesn't work if so...
Do you want to help students in your school recycle right AND save your school money? The Recycle Across America Schools Program is the program for you! Recycling is one of the most important actions society can take to simultaneously help the environment, the economy, manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans -- but recycling doesn't work if society is confused at the bin. Currently, recycling is in a serious crisis, and the main reason is contamination. People want to recycle right but they are confused with the mixed messaging presented at recycling bins in various communities and settings. This confusion leads people to throw garbage in with the recycling -- causing contamination of materials that could have been remanufactured. The society-wide standardized labelling system helps to eliminate the public confusion surrounding recycling and to improve the economics of closed-loop manufacturing. Schools are an important part of the recycling solution and here you can find all you need to start a successful school recycling program.
School districts that have adopted this standardized labeling system have increased recycling rates by as much as 50-240% and saved significant money in trash hauling fees. Your school can order standardized labels and access lesson ideas and a comprehensive toolkit that will help you roll out the program. Get started today!
“With more than 157 languages and dialects spoken, the Recycle Across America labels have made ‘recycling right’ universally understood for our students and staff. Since July of 2016, Orange County Public Schools has increased recycling by over 5,000 tons. In addition, the recycling program saved the school district over $360,000 in trash hauling fees in the first school year, and over $1 million in expenditures during the second school year."
- Jennifer Fowler, Director of Environmental Compliance at OCPS
How to get involved
You'll need to dedicate a couple of hours to get your school on board, figuring out how this program will align with your existing recycling program and once you order your labels, you'll need a couple of hours to attach them and to ensure everyone in your school understands the program. Once the labels are attached, there isn't much ongoing time involved other than to assess how much your recycling rate has improved and how much money your school is saving in the process!
Are you ready to recycle right in your school? Here you'll find all you need to do that. You can unlock funding to order your standardized recycling labels and download a detailed Toolkit that walks you through all the detailed steps involved in rolling out the program in your school.