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Cafeteria Best Practices

Recycling Champions has resources and tools to set up or improve your elementary and secondary school cafeteria recycling program. For both Organics Collection and NON-Organics Collection schools, our Set-Up Guides, Presentations, Signage, Videos, and staff, faculty and student educational handouts help make sorting easier and recycling areas more efficient. 

Organics Collection schools are separating food scraps and food-soiled paper in addition to regular recycling. All Manhattan and Staten Island NYC DOE schools are currently enrolled, along with schools in Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens. To find out if your school is enrolled, please visit the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability website, here. NON-Organics Collection schools will recycle metal, glass, plastic, and cartons in the cafeteria. Visit the NYC Department of Sanitation’s website to learn more, here

> Benefits of Cafeteria Recycling (PDF)
> Setup and Troubleshooting Guide (PDF)
> Faculty, Parents Handout - One Page (PDF)
> Custodians, SchoolFood - Half Page (PDF)
Cafeteria Setup Guide (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
> Faculty & Staff Letter (DOC)
P.S. 316 BK Instructional Video

Faculty & Staff Presentation (Powerpoint)
Faculty & Staff Handout - Half Page (PDF)
Faculty & Staff Handout - One Page (PDF)

Handout with Game (PDF)
Presentation (Powerpoint)
Cafeteria Monitors Guide (PDF)
Step it Up! (Video on Vimeo)
P.S. 316 BK Instructional Video

Middle School Student Handout (PDF)
High School Student Handout (PDF)
MS/HS Presentation (Powerpoint)
Cafeteria Monitors Guide (PDF)
Step it Up! (Video on Vimeo)
P.S. 316 BK Instructional Video

 

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