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School Recycling Resources
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 papermaking 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.

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? To sign up, click here, or send email to .                       

Check out the current school year report here (Excel file will open in new window).

                           Check out the prior school year report here (Excel file will open in new window).

turn trash into cool stuff!Fundraise Through Recycling!
Schools using the simple TerraCycle program to fundraise, 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

    And, there are GREAT PRIZES for top performers!
    Visit their website for more information.

    Useful links for educators: