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and recycling tips
Castelar Elementary: Repurposed trash
can used for recycling with yellow
lid and GSI signage.
Tray stacking is a great way to reduce waste in your cafeteria. Below is an example of a tray stacking station at Benson West Elementary School.
In 2008, OPS initiated a single-stream recycling program, expanding from its earlier program of recycling paper only. The single-stream program allows schools to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic (#1–5, 7), and metals in one container. There is no need to sort them out. Below are resources related to classroom/office recycling and cafeteria waste reduction. The district has recently placed significant emphasis on reducing waste in the cafeteria by implementing tray stacking, composting at some schools, and monitoring dumpster fullness.
The following resources provide the key information schools need to successfully start and/or maintain a recycling program:
Electronic Waste: Electronic waste includes things like computers, printers, copiers, and other equipment that has any kind of circuit board in it (like a switchboard telephone). This type of equipment often contains heavy metals in the circuitry that should not be sent to the landfill. Instead, you should take the equipment out of inventory and submit a request to district operations to pick it up. Following this procedure will both ensure that the equipment is recycled properly and that the district inventory is kept up-to-date.
Waste at Home
OPS works to reduce waste through recycling, printing reduction, disposable tray stacking in the cafeteria, and even composting at select schools. But lately, we’ve all been spending a lot more time at home. How can OPS students and families reduce waste at home over the winter break and during distance learning?
Recycle (or Compost!)
City of Omaha Changes
Since August, the City of Omaha has been delivering two 96-gallon carts (one for waste, one for recycling) to single-family households. These carts, which went into use on 11/30, are part of the City’s new waste contract with hauler FCC Environmental Services. The new bins will make it possible for the waste trucks to automatically pick up and dump waste into the vehicle. One of the carts, with a black lid, must be used for trash and yard waste. It will be collected weekly. The other cart, with a green lid, is used for recycling, which will be collected every other week. Collection days and location of bins for pickup will not change. Below are some tips for families who will be making this transition:
For more info and FAQs, check out this Omaha-World Herald article about the transition!
The majority of OPS waste comes from the cafeteria, due to food waste, disposable trays and cutlery, milk cartons, packaging, and other items. Several schools have begun composting in the cafeteria, which is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of material sent to the landfill. This year, composting may not be possible, so below are some other ways you can reduce or recycle waste in the cafeteria.