Model School Recycling Programs

Starting and maintaining a school recycling program can be challenging, but luckily Rhode Island has some great examples of how a program can be successful.  Students, parents, teachers, and staff can learn from the experiences of other schools to see how they might best approach a program of their own. 

On the left-hand side of this page you can download profiles of the following model school programs:

  • Measure of Success: The East Bay MET School
  • Make It a Big Deal: Matunuck Elementary School
  • All Hands on Deck: Woonsocket High School
  • Yes We Can: Sullivan Elementary School
  • Program Pinoneers: The Sherman School
  • It's No Big Deal: Underwood Elementary School
  • A Team Effort: Rogers High School
  • From Trash to Treats: Burrillville Schools

We know there are more model school programs out there, and we hope to see this list expand!  If your school is, or if you know of another model school program, you can have RIRRC come out to visit and write a profile on your work, or you can provide the necessary information and submit photos via email.  Please email Krystal Noiseux, Recycling Program Manager, or call 942-1430 x 109 for more information.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) also provides model school case studies and resources on their website:

Feeling inspired?

If learning more about these model programs has you ready to take the next step, consider having RIRRC assess your school's situation. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation provides free recycling and waste assessments to RI schools.  Our staff will visit your school, determine the types of materials currently being thrown away, and help you develop an action plan to reduce your waste.   To get started, email David Bordieri, Waste Prevention Coordinator, or call 942-1430 x 110.