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WCSD. Saving Planet Earth…. One blue barrel at a time. Preview. 1. The Process. 2. The Message. 3. The Classroom. 4. The Questions. 4. The Follow-Up. The Process/Highlights. Pilot program, completely free to WCSD Anticipated savings to WCSD: $200,000/yr in trash haul diversion

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saving planet earth


Saving Planet Earth…

Onebluebarrel at a time


1. The Process

2. The Message

3. The Classroom

4. The Questions

4. The Follow-Up

the process highlights
The Process/Highlights
  • Pilot program, completely free to WCSD
  • Anticipated savings to WCSD: $200,000/yr in trash haul diversion
  • Savings realized in general fund (pays teacher salaries, books, educational resources)
  • The more you recycle, the more we save…
the process description
The Process/Description
  • Partnership with Waste Management
    • Free recycling – NO COST to WCSD!
  • All recyclable materials one container
  • Every site has locking yellow dumpster, emptied every 2 weeks (3-, 4- or 6-yard containers)
  • Volumes can increase if there’s a need
  • SFC gets one key
the process what is acceptable
The Process/What is Acceptable?


Not Acceptable



Glass, plastic, aluminum, metal bottles (liquids emptied)


Cups/containers w/ food residue

Paper plates/cups

Lids and caps first removed, then recycled

We will provide a hand-out with more details…

the process what is provided
The Process/What is Provided?
  • Rolling, 20-gallon blue containers placed throughout the building
    • 96-gallon green containers removed once blue containers are in place
  • Any container can be used to collect recycling, then emptied into yellow dumpster
  • Program will have documentdestruction piece; info to come…
the process overview
The Process/Overview
  • Result of this program: More recycling, less trash
  • Recycle trucks look like standard Waste Management trucks, but there are 2 dedicated vehicles for WCSD recycling
  • Recycled materials taken to sorting facility in Lodi, California
the message
The Message

How we’re helping

Friday Minute 3/5

Washoe Parents (April)

Follow-up email to staff


Pinnacle (April)

Web site

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The Message

How you can help…

Send follow-up email to staff

Discuss at staff meeting

School web site



School newsletter

the classroom
The Classroom
  • Educational component – please ask faculty to enhance curriculum with “Green” resources
  • Visit, then click this symbol:
the questions
The Questions…
  • Visit, click the recycle symbol for a list of FAQs
  • For troubleshooting questions, contact Rick Martin, Housekeeping Operations Supervisor, at 851-5696 or
  • For volume increase requests, contact Jeannie at Housekeeping Operations: 851-5696 or
the follow up
The Follow-up
  • Please distribute letter to staff (by hand or e-mail)
  • If you send an e-mail to your staff, please cc
  • Because this is a pilot program with Waste Management, we need to provide them with support for all communication efforts (newsletter, staff meeting agendas, etc.). Please e-mail
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Saving Planet Earth…

Onebluebarrel at a time