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School and Institution Recycling

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"Things do not change, we change."   ~ Henry David Thoreau

Schools and institutions have many opportunities to recover resources by practicing waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. Recycling is mandated by Connecticut State law as well as in local municipal ordinances. Schools and institutions are not exempt from recycling requirements!  Review the mandated recyclables for the state of Connecticut, and contact your local municipal recycling coordinator to learn more about local ordinances.

Visit RecycleCT to learn What's In and What's Out! 

In addition to legal requirements to recycle, recycling is an important and easy activity that every student, resident, worker, and visitor in Connecticut can do; and an important action to make sure we use our resources wisely! Connecticut has a goal of recovering 60% of our municipal solid waste through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting by 2024. Read more about Connecticut’s waste management strategies in the CT State Solid Waste Management Plan.

Schools and institutions should also consider developing strong waste management programs that incorporate buying recycled content materials and supplies, and using cleaning products that are less toxic to school children and the environment, in addition to their reducing, reusing and recycling efforts. We must all share in the responsibility of protecting our environment.

Remember to celebrate Connecticut Recycles Day on November 15th!

If you have further questions, please contact the Connecticut DEEP Recycling Program at 860-424-3023.


Content Last Updated December 2019