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Schools: General Information

Everything that can be recycled and composted at home can be recycled and composted at school. RecycleSmart can help increase recycling and composting at your school.

Our team provides free technical assistance to public and private schools, school districts, and custodial and food services staff, including on-site training. We also provide free recycling and organics containers, free signs and stickers, lesson plans, school assemblies and field trips and other resources.

Plus, we recognize schools that significantly reduce waste with awards of up to $1,500!

If you have questions or would like help with any of the resources, please contact:

Ruth Abbe
School Recycling Coordinator


Student Scholarships

RecycleSmart, in partnership with Mt. Diablo Recycling has created Waste Reduction Student Scholarships for students attending a public high school in our service area. We will award college scholarships of up to $4000 to up to four high school seniors every year. If you have implemented a waste reduction program or have made significant contributions to reducing waste at your school, this scholarship is for you! Just describe your project and how it has reduced waste at your school. For questions, please contact Ruth Abbe at (415) 235-1356 or 

2020 Scholarship Winners! 

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Congratulations to these five outstanding students! Each of them earned a Waste Reduction Student Scholarship this year! Each year, RecycleSmart awards scholarships to several high school students who made real change and reduced waste at their schools. This year’s scholarship winners are (clockwise from top):


Campolindo High School

Even in middle school, Ava helped organize to ban styrofoam from schools in her district. Her activism includes the Environmental Club at Campolindo, Fridays for the Future and Save Mount Diablo. She starts at California State University (CSU) Chico this fall, studying Civil Engineering. The cities of the future are in good hands!


Las Lomas High School

Elena joined the Green Team at her school to cut food waste by taking inventory of the school’s waste bins (use the chart inside to do this at home!). She kept the team organized and coordinated with school faculty and other student groups. She will study Environmental Science at University of California Davis.


Miramonte High School

Krista’s dedication to sustainability is all-encompassing. When she wasn’t upcycling thrift shop clothing, she co-led Miramonte’s Environmental Club. She will start at Loyola Marymount University this fall, studying Environmental Studies and Political Science (a powerful combination)!


Campolindo High School

Lexi collaborated with multiple groups to create a fun recycling behavior video. In just two months after its release, Campolindo’s waste diversion rate increased from 48% to 54%! She will study Environmental Science at CSU Monterey Bay this fall.


Miramonte High School

Inspired by a trip to Ecuador, Tess coordinated with different clubs across campus to implement a student-run bin monitoring program during lunch. Her commitment will continue this fall as she studies sustainability at University of New Hampshire.