CVUSD Recycles History

Success recycling bottles, cans and paper

crv-recycle-no-coffee-cupIt’s clear that CVUSD students understand the importance of recycling. It has been embraced on campuses throughout the district, with everyone doing their part each day to help the environment. It’s now probably second nature to most students to toss their empty bottles, cans and paper into the recycling bins rather than the trash.

recycling plastic bottlesWith recycling in full swing across the District, it’s interesting to note that less than five years ago, there was only recycling at certain local schools with a majority having none at all. Thousands of empty bottles from CVUSD schools were heading to the landfill every day instead of the recycling center. So now you might wonder, how did recycling make it to our schools?

The City of Thousand Oaks and CVUSD formed a partnership in 2012 dedicated to helping schools reduce their waste and divert recyclable materials from the landfill. A State grant for the 2012/2013 school year allowed the City to provide schools in the CVUSD with the equipment they needed to safely and efficiently collect and redeem recyclable bottles and cans on campus. A paper recycling program was also implemented. It also allowed the launch of the website, which provides a platform for the City, the School District, schools and students to broadcast their recycling achievements, learn about best practices on other campuses, make announcements and communicate with each other.

The success of the on campus bottle, can and paper recycling program has been a win-win for the environment AND for schools. 100% of the money collected from bottle and can recycling goes directly back into school programs and activities. Since the start of this partnership four years ago, all CVUSD schools have raised money through these successful programs.

NEW in 2016!

WSD_POSTER_ENThe City of Thousand Oaks is now working with CVUSD schools to roll out food waste recycling, which is a new State legislative requirement. Stay tuned for more information as the pilot program gets underway!

Continue reading to learn more about food waste, why it’s important and why it’s happening now.