School Recycling & Waste Reduction Grants
SPU is working directly with the Seattle Public School District to increase composting and recycling in public schools. The School District will provide schools with compostable bags, waste bins, outreach materials, and other supplies and support for implementing, stabilizing, and improving compost and recycling programs.
See the School District’s guide for information on How to Start a Food Waste Compost Program at School (pdf).
Public schools interested in receiving support should contact Rina Fa’amoe at (206) 252-0618 or email@example.com.
SPU is no longer providing recycling and waste reduction grants to private schools. However, private schools are eligible to receive free compost, recycling, and garbage bins, posters and stickers through SPU’s Resource Venture program.
To request these free resources or ask questions about recycling and composting, please call (206) 343-8505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Training & Education
Contact the Cedar Grove Composting Education Coordinator, (206) 459-6767 for food waste program training for your school’s Green/Compost Team, staff and classrooms.
You can also contact the company that collects your food waste for onsite trainings and presentations:
- CleanScapes/Recology offers engaging and hands-on waste reduction, recycling and composting workshops for preschool, elementary and middle school students in Seattle. To schedule training, email email@example.com or call (206) 859-6700.
- Waste Management offers training for school Green/Compost Teams and staff. To schedule training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another great education resource is the Master Composter/Soil Builder Program at Seattle Tilth. Contact Sheri Hinshaw at email@example.com or (206) 633-0451 x125 to request presentations about the importance of compost, the decomposition process and the soil food web, how to compost at home, and recycling.
Washington Green Schools provides private and public schools a free web-based certification program in six categories: Waste and Recycling; School Grounds and Gardening; Water; Healthy School Buildings; Energy; and Transportation. Green Teams implement action projects on their school campus, resulting in awards such as a Washington Green School flag.
For more information about the School Recycling & Waste Reduction Grants Program, please contact Veronica Fincher at (206) 233-2534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.