Recycling program in schools a huge success

December 16, 2015

Just over a year ago in September 2014, the Delta School District initiated a greatly increased recycling program in all schools. The change was a big shift in the way waste is handled throughout the entire school district. Waste bins were removed from individual classrooms and offices, and replaced with central receptacles that require students and staff to sort their waste into cans and bottles, other recyclables, paper products, organics, and other waste.

On May 26, 2006, Metro Vancouver voted in favour of adopting a zero waste philosophy. In 2009, they launched the Zero Waste Challenge that outlined a goal of 70 per cent waste diversion from landfills. As a result of Delta School District’s new expanded recycling program, the school district has now nearly reached the 70 per cent diversion target!

Prior to the expanded recycling program, 87 per cent of the waste collected from Delta schools went to the landfill. Now, just 31 per cent is going to the landfill – that means 69 per cent of all waste in the Delta School District is going to recycling instead of the dump!

The goal is to increase this number to as close as possible to 100 per cent waste diversion. Environmental sustainability is of major importance to all students and staff in the Delta School District.