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School Recycling and Organics Collection

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In the classroomIn the classroomAll classroom set ups should be consistent with the Simcoe County residential waste program. The Learning & Living Green Program was designed this way to help children remember what goes in the bin at home goes in the bin at school!<div><ul><li><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/LLG%20-%20Recycling%20Stream%20Depot%20Poster%20-%20Final.pdf">​Single-stream recycling</a> (containers and paper all go into one recycling bin) </li><li><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/LLG%20-%20Organics%20Stream%20Poster%20-%20Final.pdf">Organics</a></li><li><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/LLG%20-%20Garbage%20Stream%20Depot%20Poster%20-%20Final.pdf">Garbage</a><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/LLG%20-%20Organics%20Stream%20Poster%20-%20Final.pdf">​</a>​<br></li></ul> <p>*Note: use larger green bin for areas of higher volume such as staff rooms/washrooms for paper towel waste.<br></p><p>For the best results, all bins should be individually labeled, placed all together with stream posters directly above. <br><br>Line the bins with bags to avoid messes, odours and pests (clear plastic for the recycling and certified compostable bags for the organics).<br><br>Although the Learning & Living Green program is best when student-run, we encourage teachers to take ownership of their classroom waste program and assist children with proper sorting practices​.<br><br></p></div>
DepotsDepots<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/walking-in-school-web.gif" alt="" style="margin:15px;width:314px;" />Students can bring their classroom organics and recycling to a temporary depot during designated times to consolidate material. We suggest 3-5 times a week during lunch / nutrition break (and always before weekend and holidays). <br><br>This depot may contain larger, wheeled bins which classroom waste can be emptied into. These temporary depot bins should be manned by green team members and/or custodian in order to monitor contamination and provide feedback to take back to the classroom.<br><br>After emptying, ensure that each bin is re-lined with the appropriate bag liner to then be returned to the classroom. <br><br>Once the depot is closed for the day, custodians are responsible for transferring waste to outdoor containers to store until collection day.</p>
Outdoor StorageOutdoor Storage<p>​Transfer your containers outdoors and store them until collection day. </p><h3>Organics</h3><p>Organic material from classrooms, staff rooms and washrooms can be consolidated into your organics carts until collection day. <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/locked%20green%20carts.jpg?RenditionID=11" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:187px;" /> </p><p><strong>NEW</strong>: <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Organics carts must be brought to the curb/roadside by 7 am of your collection day.  Ensure carts are 2 feet apart, arrows facing the road and placed within 8 feet of the travelled portion of the road.</span></p><p>Organic material is collected weekly along with the local residential collection. Don't know your collection day? Click <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/schedules.aspx" target="_blank">here</a> and enter your school address to find out your organics collection day. <br><br>Use certified compostable bags:</p><p style="text-align:left;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/certified-logos.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br>---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p><h3><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Recycling</h3><p style="text-align:left;">Recyclables should be placed in recycling dumpster(s). School recycling (like at home) is now collected single-stream. This means paper and containers can be mixed.<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/locked%20recycling%20dumpster.jpg?RenditionID=11" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> Collection frequency is determined by volume and has been pre-determined by your board to occur either weekly, biweekly or monthly. Don't know your recycling collection schedule or need to notify that your recycling dumpster is overflowing? Please contact your local school board.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Note: the County </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">does not collect your garbage</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. Contact your local board representative for garbage collection issues.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/masterlock.jpg?RenditionID=4" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:110px;height:62px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Note: Be sure to lock recycling dumpster at all times (with Masterlocks provided by the County). The ​driver will have a set so it is not necessary to unlock them on your collection day.<br><br></p>

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