School Zero Waste Guide

School Zero Waste Guide

If your school is looking to reduce the amount of refuse headed to a landfill, this curriculum is essential. The Waste Audit curriculum contains the information and tools necessary to establish a green team, set a goal and develop a plan for reducing waste, establish a baseline for waste production, implement your waste reduction measures, and verify reduction results. It identifies the important materials, preparation tasks, and waste audit processes and analyses to assess your school’s waste stream and implement conservation campaigns. The results of this audit are important to quantify your school’s impact as they set a baseline for conservation efforts.

While guiding your audit efforts, the curriculum provides resources for understanding the school’s existing waste infrastructure and a template for recording different amounts of recyclable and non-recyclable items placed in waste bins. After the initial assessment, it provides templates to identify items commonly misplaced and extrapolate recyclable and non-recyclable waste amounts over time. These results can motivate students to raise awareness and implement small changes that can have huge implications for your environment. After your conservation measures are implemented, completing a second audit can illustrate that your students’ hard work is helping to address a pressing global issue.

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