Schools / Cafeterias


Below is a collection of resources to help you with establishing a waste reduction program at your school or school district. Interested in more direct support? Contact Us. We are also proud to be a Green & Healthy School-WI Provider!

Waste Related Resources

  • Becoming Stewards-Your Waste Management Stream by Into the Outdoors (2019). Waste management and recycling experts around Wisconsin partnered on this excellent resource for teachers working with Discover Media Works. This segmented video is paired with curriculum resources providing a perfect companion for teaching your students about where our waste goes and how it is handled. 

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction – A Guide for Schools by Wisconsin DNR

    • Shares 5 steps to creating a successful recycling program

  • Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin by Wisconsin DNR and WI DPI

    • Empowers, supports, and recognizes schools for nurturing healthy kids and sustainable communities. They have a support page with resources related to Recycling & Waste Management in Schools.

    • We provide support to this program serving as the Focus Area Contact in Recycling & Waste Management. 

  • Tools to Reduce Waste In Schools by the EPA

    • Ideas for schools, districts, and school business officials on ways to reduce waste and cut costs. 

  • School Waste Reduction, Composting and Recycling by NERC

    • Contains resources that were developed to support waste reduction, recycling and composting in schools.  Materials like ready-to-use templates, fundraising tips & ideas, etc.

  • Zero Waste Resources for Schools by Seven Generations Ahead​

    • We prefer to say "Zero Landfill" vs "Zero Waste," but all in all, there are many ways to strive to reduce waste in schools. Seven Generations Ahead has great tips including, curriculum, bin signs, tips on end of the year clean-out, and audits. Note: Materials are created for Illinois Schools. Some laws may be different in Wisconsin.


Cafeteria & School Foods

Waste Characterizations /Waste Audits

Composting & Vermicomposting

Waste Reduction & Recycling Fundraisers

  • TerraCycle

    • TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers.

    • Recycling items like: Capri Sun packaging, candy wrapper, Starbucks coffee bags, pens & markers, and many other packaging containers.

  • Planet Green

    • Recycling ink & toner cartridges, cell phones and small electronics

  • Evolve

    • Recycling ink & toner cartridges, cell phones and small electronics

  • Funding Factory

    • Recycling ink & toner cartridges, cell phones and small electronics

General Information


To learn more about how we can help you with your GHS solid waste & recycling initiatives in schools contact us today...

Karin Sieg, Executive Director                                       Susan Schuller, Education, Outreach & Development Coordinator

karin(at)                                 susan(at)

715.343.0722                                                                 715.343.0722