School Recycling

Nearly 80 percent of school waste is recyclable or compostable.


School recycling programs educate future generations about the importance of waste reduction and recycling. Recycling can also help schools save on disposal costs and taxes associated with solid waste disposal.

Anoka County has grant funding, free container signage and free technical assistance available to help schools start or improve recycling programs. Many schools in Anoka County have expanded or improved their recycling programs.

These schools have realized benefits such as:
    • Reducing trash disposal costs
    • Reducing costs to maintain garbage disposals
    • Providing a cleaner trash disposal area
    • Improving workers’ safety by reduced heavy lifting
    • Reinforcing recycling behaviors for students

Available Assistance

   • Anoka County staff technical assistance.
     Contact: [email protected] 763-323-5763 
   • Free labels for organics, recycling and trash containers
   • Anoka County school bin and grant program.
     Contact: [email protected] 763-323-5734 
   • Free customizable signs for organics, recycling and trash 
Cropped School recycling bin


   • The Recycle More Minnesota Toolkit for Schools offers step-by-step instruction to help schools get a recycling program organized and operating successfully 
   • Putting surplus food to good use A How-to Guide for Food Service Providers
   • The School Recycling Best Practices Guide provides in-depth information on starting a recycling program for paper, bottles and cans 
   • The School Waste Study provides information and analysis of waste generation at schools.  Data shows that more than 78 percent of school waste could be recycled or composted.