A successful recycling program at your school needs support from all of the key decision-makers. At a school, the decision-makers often include the school board, superintendent, principal, teachers, and buildings and grounds managers. To gain their support, schedule a meeting to share the following:
- The benefits of a recycling program, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Visit the links below:
2. The fact that recycling is mandatory in New Jersey and has been since 1987. Click the toggle below for more specific details about mandatory recycling in New Jersey.
3. Examples of what other schools have done:
Video: Getting Started at Pope John XXIII High School
Video: Importance of Top Support at Pope John XXIII High School
Video: Getting Started in Frankford: School and Municipality Work Together
4. Your enthusiasm for the project.
5. Use a pledge to ask team members to commit to the effort. Here is a sample Go Green Pledge from Union County.
Also, be prepared to offer suggestions for potential Recycling Team members. Prior to the presentation, make up your “wish list” of individuals from your school’s procurement, buildings and grounds, food services, and other internal groups who might provide enthusiasm and support for the program. While all of your suggestions may not be accepted, it’s better to come prepared with some names rather than try to think of potential committee members on the spur of the moment.