School Recycling Program

What is the School Recycling Program?

The School Recycling Program provides recycling funding, support, and coordination to participating schools serving Washtenaw County students. 

The primary goals of the program are to increase recycling rates at K12 schools and to build a culture of recycling among students and school staff that is carried with them into the larger community.

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Annual Art Contest

Each year, this program hosts an art contest, giving students an opportunity to creatively express ideas surrounding recycling and waste reduction. It encourages students to think about how waste impacts the environment and how we all play a part in protecting natural resources. 


2022-2023: Woodland Meadows Elementary and AC Tech High School

2020-2021: Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Washtenaw International High School 

2019-2020: Cancelled due to Covid

2018-2019: Heritage Elementary

2017-2018: Heritage Elementary and Ypsilanti Middle School

How does it work?

  • Washtenaw County coordinates and financially supports the program.
  • Schools implement on-site educational programming and collection logistics in the classroom. 
  • Ecology Center delivers educational programming and student training. They also train the schools' staff to create a well-rounded recycling culture. 
  1. Angela Porta

    Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator

Dexter school recycling - Alexis with carts Cornerstone

Currently Participating Schools

  • Achieving College & Career Education (Ypsilanti)
  • Anchor Elementary School (Dexter)
  • Bates School (Dexter) 
  • Beacon Elementary School (Dexter)
  • Bishop Elementary School (Ypsilanti) 
  • Brick Elementary School (Ypsilanti)
  • Childs Elementary School (Ypsilanti)
  • Creekside Intermediate School (Dexter)
  • Dexter High School
  • Erickson Elementary School (Ypsilanti) 
  • Estabrook Elementary School (Ypsilanti)
  • Ford Early Learning Center (Ypsilanti)
  • Harvest Elementary School (Saline)
  • Heritage School (Saline)
  • Holmes Elementary School (Ypsilanti)
  • Jenkins Early Childhood Center (Dexter)
  • Lincoln High School (Ypsilanti)
  • Lincoln Middle School (Ypsilanti)
  • Mill Creek Middle School (Dexter)
  • Model Elementary School (Ypsilanti)
  • Perry Early Learning Center (Ypsilanti)
  • Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (Saline)
  • Saline High School
  • Saline Middle School
  • Washtenaw International High School (Ypsilanti)
  • Whitmore Lake Elementary School
  • Whitmore Lake Middle and High School
  • Woodland Meadows Elementary School (Saline)
  • Wylie Elementary School (Dexter)
  • Ypsilanti Community High School
  • Ypsilanti Community Middle School
  • Ypsilanti International Elementary School
Dexter school recycling - kids with carts Cornerstone

Is your school interested in implementing a recycling or other waste reduction related project? Washtenaw County also offers a waste reduction sponsorship that may suit your needs!