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Recycling at School

Recycling at school conserves natural resources, saves energy in the manufacturing of new products and reduces or eliminates pollution associated with the extraction and processing of raw materials. Recycling reduces the need for landfills. Recycling decreases greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.

Recyclables have value. By using recyclables as valuable raw material, recycling creates jobs, strengthens the economy and helps sustain the environment for future generations.

DHEC can help any K-12 public or private school set up, maintain and expand recycling programs through technical assistance, educational material and grant funding. DHEC provides hands-on technical assistance (e.g., finding markets, providing information on bins and containers) to start or improve recycling programs as well as posters, signage and other material.

DHEC offers "Action for a cleaner tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement" ("Action"). Developed by teachers and DHEC in conjunction with the S.C. Department of Education, "Action" can serve as a starting point for introducing environmental education in the classroom.

School Supplies - Shop Green!

Shop green at your local grocery store, drug store, office supply store and discount store. Read labels, looking for products with the highest percentage of recycled contents, including:

  • Pencils made from 100 percent recycled materials including recycled tires;
  • Pens and pencils made from recycled contents and refillable;
  • Paper, notebooks, folders made from recycled materials;
  • Backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles;
  • Spiral notebooks made from recycled fibers and printed with soy ink; and
  • Clipboards made from 100 percent recycled fibers.

Better still, before purchasing your school supplies, consider reusing what you already own, trading, borrowing, renting, or buying used. Only buy new things as a last resort.
Need help finding recycled-content school supplies? Call us at 1-800-768-7348 for suggestions.

School Recycling Resources