Developing a district-wide recycling project to minimize waste sent to landfills, save resources, help the City of Santa Monica achieve their zero waste goals by 2030, serve as an educational tool and encourage project based learning. The plan will require a continuous effort between students, faculty, and staff to ensure recycling is successful.
During the construction process, the District strives to divert demolition waste from landfills for recycling.
Waste sorting & landfill diversion: Waste Warrior Program
All Santa Monica Elementary schools have a successful waste sorting program in the cafeterias during snack and lunch.
The six step sorting station includes:
- Liquid bucket to dump out remaining liquids
- Recycling bin
- Landfill bin
- Compost/organic bin
- Stacking compostable lunch trays [to avoid filling up the bin too quickly with the trays]
- Unopened, uneaten food is put on the donation table for recovery