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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

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.

SCSWA is ready to help schools establish an active and thriving school recycling program.  Call or contact us below:

  • Assist with providing classroom, hallway, cafeteria and administrative area recycling containers when available.
  • Posters that list all eligible recycling materials to post above the containers
  • Consultation for the best placements for containers and posters
  • Lesson plans on recycling, litter prevention and composting for use in school curricula; also visit our Kids Corners for fun recycling-related activities and games.
  • Guidance on arranging field trips to a materials recycling facility.
  • Speakers
  • Assistance with establishing or providing content for environmental clubs
Find out which materials are accepted for recycling within your school by clicking here.

Participating Schools:

Click here to view  the LCPS School Locator.

No-cost, Low-cost Solutions Recycling

Decision Makers

  • 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

  • Encourage the use of refillable water bottles. This could mean less trips to the water fountain while the students are still getting the water they need.
  • Research waste reduction options that will work for your school. Make sure to include everyone affected by the plan that would be proposed, school leaders, staff, facility staff and students.
  • Consider setting up compost in the school yard or vermiculture bins in the classroom. If properly maintained, these can be great tools for learning and waste diversion.
  • Create a “No Waste Lunch” program at your school.
  • Hold a recycle competition. This could be inventions to resolve waste issues, a fashion show out of recycled materials, or a poster contest.
  • Our Bin Thinking Newletter is Here!

    Check out the first edition of our school recycling newsletter, Bin Thinking here.

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