School Recycling Program

Educational institutions accumulate a remarkable amount of waste. By learning how to handle this waste as a resource, these institutions have an opportunity to engage in cost optimization, educational awareness, and positively advance their environmental stewardship goals. In light of the 2015 DeKalb Makes Recycling Simple Partnership between DeKalb County Government and the DeKalb County School District, the Sanitation Division has engaged in a dedicated focus on promoting recycling within the DeKalb County School District’s schools and facilities. As of May 2018, all schools within the School District have subscribed to the recycling program.

Program’s mission
To continually promote innovative and sustainable recycling program initiatives focused on waste reduction, resource conservation and environmental sustainability education for the next generation.

Benefits of the school recycling program
Protects the environment
Facilitates solid waste cost optimization
Educates tomorrow’s leaders through environmental education and service learning opportunities

Schools not within the DeKalb County School District
The Sanitation Division is delighted to implement the program at schools that are not within the School District’s portfolio, but are within DeKalb County. Interested schools will be required to set up a commercial recycling account.

Subscribing to the program
Once an application is submitted, the Sanitation Division will conduct a site assessment, deliver required recycling containers, and provide appropriate training to school custodians, principals, STEM coordinators, students and other necessary school staff.

Please click here for the commercial recycling subscription form.

Please click here for a complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable recyclable items.

For more information or to participate in the school recycling program, please contact Ilana Daniel at Thank you for your interest in collaborating with us toward a more sustainable DeKalb.