Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s new with recycling on campus?

The City of Thousand Oaks and the CVUSD successfully put into place a bottle, can and paper recycling program during the 2012/2013 school year. The next step for schools will be recycling food waste. During the 21016/2017 school year, the City of Thousand Oaks will be helping CVUSD schools roll out food waste recycling programs across all campuses, in compliance with a State law that went into effect in 2016.

What kind of equipment was provided to schools for bottles, cans and paper recycling?

Common area recycling containers (approx 32 gal. capacity), indoor classroom and office recycling containers (approx 7 gal. capacity) and collection and storage equipment including collection carts and storage sheds. City staff worked with each school to develop a customized list of equipment to meet the individual needs of each campus. 

What kind of equipment will be provided to schools for food waste recycling?

The City of Thousand Oaks, CVUSD and Waste Management are currently in discussion about the provision of food recycling containers. Check back here for more information.

Who will be responsible for managing the campus food waste recycling program on an ongoing basis?

Program management will be a joint effort between administrative staff, teachers, facilities workers and students. Arrangements will vary from school to school.

How can I help?

If you are a teacher, parent or student interested in helping the City implement food waste recycling at your school, we’d love to work with you on this project. Send us your contact information and we will keep you updated on how you can help.

Tips to get started:

Students – Talk to your teachers and school staff to find out how to get involved with food recycling on your campus. Watch out for new recycling containers and be sure to use them to recycle your food waste into compost. You should also continue to recycle bottles, cans and paper. Learn what are the right bins for the right kind of recycling and make sure your friends know where to put everything.

Teachers & Parents – Money-generating bottle and can recycling programs were set up at every school in the CVUSD a few years back. Since students are already practicing good bottle, can and paper recycling behavior, these recycling activities can be neatly dovetailed with a new food recycling and composting program. You can also look into creating a campus composting program or food recovery program to send food to needy families. And don’t forget, most local recycling centers are operated by rePlanet, which has a school fundraising program that can earn your school an extra 10% for your recyclable bottles and cans.

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