Schools are a great place to recycle. Children typically enjoy helping out with recycling efforts. Topics such as ‘natural resources’ and ‘reuse’ are included in the New Mexico Science Standards and the Next Generation Science standards, and can be easily integrated into classroom instruction.
In 2010, SCSWA and Las Cruces Public School District (LCPS) started the School Recycling Program with just 6 pilot schools. Today, the program has grown to include all LCPS public schools and is an active and thriving institutional recycling program. All LCPS public schools currently have provided a blue recycling dumpster from SCSWA and are serviced at least once a week.
With over 50 recycling dumpster placed at schools, there are more options than ever before for students, teachers and the community to recycle. LCPS schools have embraced recycling in a big way, and all schools are active participants.
Residents are also welcomed to recycle clean and dry recyclables in the blue recycling bins at LCPS public schools. See a list of participating school locations below.
For more information about Las Cruces Public Schools visit www.lcps.k12.nm.us
Why is recycling important for schools?
When schools recycle, they saves money and energy, improves air quality, and sets a good example of environmental stewardship for the students. Recycling programs provide a prime opportunity to bring the school together around a shared goal.
Click here to view the LCPS School Locator.
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No-cost, Low-cost Solutions Recycling
- Create community awareness about reducing waste.
- Set a school policy to use both sides of the paper to reduce waste.
- Advocate for using recycled paper and other products.
- Work with the community to provide incentives for recycling. TerraCycle will pay you for recycling items that had been thought to be not available for recycling.
Facility and Maintenance
- Ensure that recycling and waste containers are in appropriate locations, where the need is.
- Ensure that SCSWA recycling dumpster provided for community recycling drop-off on school property is accessible.
Teachers and Students