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 through our school assistance program.  

Free help is available. Get started today!

 Contact Anoka County Recycling & Resource Solutions for:
  • FREE on-site technical assistance
  • Container grant program up to $10,000 per school
  • FREE recycling and trash container signs
  • Tips for working with your hauler
  • Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and organics recycling information
  • Fluorescent lamp, electronics, battery and printer cartridge recycling information
Email: [email protected] Call: 763-324-3400
Or fill out our online form for our school recycling staff to contact you about the program.  
Cropped School recycling bin

Area 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


   • 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.
   • The School Clean-out Day Toolkit provides step by step information on recycling strategies to reduce waste during the end of the school year