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Consumption & Waste

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The District is committed to reducing the amount of trash it sends to landfills. By embracing sustainability principles in schools such as reducing, reusing and recycling, the District will not only lower costs, foster innovation and good citizenship, but improve the communities in which we live and work.
Central High School Recycling


Every student will have access to a school that incorporates waste reduction practices and diverts its waste from landfills.  This sustainability focus area preserves the environment for future generations, reduces waste disposal costs and promotes good citizenship for our students.


Every school will recycle.


The District will increase its waste diversion rate by 10% over 5 years.

Consumption and Waste Table

School Recycling Toolkit

Every school will be provided with at least one of each, a recycling and trash dumpster(s). A pick-up schedule for both will also be provided.


6 Steps to Single-Stream Recycling at Your School

1.  IDENTIFY a Sustainability Coordinator for your school.

Select a teacher or staff member to be your Sustainability Coordinator (SC)! This person will be in charge of implementing the program.  A good coordinator is someone who is familiar school staff and routines, a leader, organized and is enthusiastic about the environment.

2.  ASSEMBLE a Green Team.

Students can play a huge role in the  success of your recycling program. They can take the burden of collection off the Building Engineer and encourage their peers to join in.

3.  SUBMIT your Online BINventory.

Account for bins in each classroom, office and common area, especially cafeterias! The form can be completed:

What is a BINventory?

4.  SETUP your Waste Stations.

Once received, recycling bins and trash cans should always be placed together, think of it as the “Buddy System.”  Use any provided stickers to convert any extra trash cans into recycling bins.

5.  POST Signs.

Be sure to post signs telling/showing what goes in each bin. This is especially important in the cafeteria!  Signage will be made available for distribution and download.

6.  LAUNCH Program. With an assembly and letters.

Single-Stream Recycling

What goerecycle-only-no-backgrounds in the bin?


  • Mixed paper
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Plastics #1 thru #7
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Rinsed food & drink cartons
  • Aluminum, metal cans

What stays out of the bin?non-recyclable

  • Food waste
  • Snack or candy wrappers Paper plates or cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic-coated envelopes Paper towels, napkins or tissues

Waste Program Contact Information

For issues regarding waste and recycling dumpsters and pickups please send an e-mail to trash@philasd.org.

All other waste and recycling inquiries please may be sent to greenfutures@philasd.org.

Recycling Resources

NWF Eco-Schools


Classroom Presentations

Consistent and regular communication about making recycling an everyday action is key to helping students get into the habit in school, at home and throughout our city.


Handouts and Posters

Non-Municipal Waste Disposal

Do you have chemical, universal and/or hazardous wastes that need to be disposed or recycled?  Learn more about the District’s chemical management plan and universal waste program.

Recycling is one of the most visible student led green school initiatives. It can be a great launching point towards whole school sustainability.

– Francine Locke, Environmental Director