Recycling ToolkitMaryland requires all schools and facilities to recycle, which includes paper and cardboard, glass, plastic, metal, light bulbs and electronics. The resources on this page will help you get started if your school is not currently recycling, or will help you expand and strengthen your program if you are already recycling.Recycling and saving energy can help students learn about the environment, and engage them both in and out of the classroom through hands-on, real-life learning and leadership opportunities. Recycling and conserving energy not only helps the environment, but also reduces district expenses allowing the savings to go to programs that directly serve our students.
For additional information, contact Rajeshri Bachubhay, energy specialist, or Joanna Pi-Sunyer, green schools coordinator.
Glass, paper, cardboard, newspaper, cartons, plastic, cans, tin and metal are mixed together in a “single stream.” Baltimore City's Department of Public Works (DPW) visits each school once per week to pick up as much recycling as each school has.
Supplies & signs
- DPW's Single Stream Sorting Guide lists what can and can’t be recycled
- DPW's recycling newsletter
- Pick up days organized by school name
- Recycling must be outside by 7am
- If your recycling is NOT collected on your designated day, call 311. If this happens two weeks in a row, call DPW at 410-396-4511.
- Summer recycling - call DPW at 410-396-4511 to request.
- DPW's Office of Recycling has more information.
- Pick-up rates for school year 2016-17
Engaging your school community
- Bins and bags are available for purchase via K12Buy or the City
- Up to 100 large paper bags are available at no cost for pick-up from Nicole Jessup at the City Schools Ground Shop (1718 W. North Ave.) between 7:30a and 3p. Email Ms. Jessup first.
- Recycling signs in JPG:
- Recycling signs in Word:
- School Recycling: A How-to Guide for steps to get started.
- Recycling Ambassadors are student leaders on recycling and earn Service Learning hours, too.
- Here are short videos of schools that are recycling successfully:
- Integrate recycling into your classroom with lesson plans, activities and more
Recycling other things
- Take students on a tour of the Baltimore County recycling plant: Materials Recovery Facility - MRF in Cockeysville.
- Paper: Paper can be separately recycled by Hanna Paper (formerly Paper Retriever/Abitibi). Schools must still participate in single stream and other recycling.
- Light bulbs: City Schools Facilities Department collects and recycles light bulbs - contact Antoine McIver
- Electronic Technology (e-cycling): City Schools’ Information Technology Department (ITD) collects and recycles obsolete technology (computers, monitors, cell and desk phones, fax machines, etc.) via the Disposal of Obsolete Technology
- Books and textbooks: Contact Laura Jones in the Office of Teaching and Learning
- Toner/Ink Cartridges: Some of these can be recycled - see this Guide