Glenwood Elementary






Glenwood Elementary received recycling equipment through the CVUSD Recycles program. Some of the larger containers are used to collect strictly cans and bottles (CRV items) so they can be redeemed for cash. The remaining large containers, as well as the classroom containers, collect other recyclables such as paper and non-CRV plastic and metal containers. Three times a week, using the tilt truck provided through the CVUSD Recycles program, student council members and students on the service committee collect the classroom recycling and take it to the bin or storage unit.

The school also received a storage shed through the CVUSD Recycles program. It is used to store the CRV items collected at the school before they are taken to the redemption center.

Glenwood students help out during a waste audit at the school (Oct. 2012)

Glenwood students help out during a waste audit at the school (Oct. 2012)

Glenwood was one of nine CVUSD schools where staff from the CVUSD Recycles program conducted a waste audit. The audit determined that the school has the potential to raise over $300 per year by collecting and redeeming CRV items. Before the CVUSD Recycles program, Glenwood was not doing any formal collection of CRV items. Results from the waste audits can be viewed on the CVUSD Recycles Waste Audits page.

According to Principal, Paula Golem, “Before your recycling audit and program, our students made no effort to recycle. After you visited and allowed them to participate in the audit, you sparked their interest. The recycling bins arrived, as well as the bins for paper in the classrooms. The student service committee and the student council took on the responsibility of collecting from the classroom and bins twice and week, and we began collecting 3-4 bags of paper and 3-4 bags of bottles and cans each week.”

Like all other CVUSD schools, Glenwood has a separate dumpster designated specifically for recycling. When the containers the school received through the CVUSD Recycles program fill up, they can simply be emptied into the recycling dumpster. The District’s waste service provider, Waste Management, empties the recycling dumpster free of charge. So, the more Glenwood recycles, the more money they can save the District on waste disposal fees!

Contact: Paula Golem, (805) 495-2118,