The Department of Solid Waste Management supports the learning of Maryland State content standards that directly relate to our own local waste and recycling issues. We offer in-school programs (like hands-on paper making labs, presentations on the environmental or social impacts of waste, recycling "pep rallies" and more) as well as field trip opportunities, STEM event displays, in-service training and other offerings designed to promote real-life learning. Programs are available to public, private and home school educators.
FCPS Recycling Reports Ever wonder how much your school recycles? Did you know that you can be emailed monthly recycling reports that show exactly how much your school recycles- and how you rank among all the other FCPS schools? Reports also include helpful tips on school waste reduction, grant announcements, and ideas shared by other FCPS staff and students. To sign up, click here.
Raise Funds Through Recycling! Schools using the simple TerraCycle program to raise funds, earn cash for collecting "trash"! It's easy to collect materials (like juice pouches and potato chip bags) and your program earns 1-2 cents for every item sent, TerraCycle even pays for the shipping. These "waste" materials are then turned into cool new products, like backpacks and folders! If your school doesn't do this already...get started! More info on the TerraCycle website.
Ramp Up Your School's Recycling With the Recycle Bowl! Created by Keep America Beautiful, it's free to enter this contest and compete against other schools in Maryland, and nationwide, to see who recycles the most.
Recycle Bowl is a friendly competition to:
motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors
help increase school recycling rates
provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction
help establish new recycling programs within schools