Wildwood Elementary School

WildwoodElementaryWildwood Elementary has been recycling for a long time. Even before the CVUSD Recycles program provided recycling containers for the school, they had a well-established recycling program at lunch. With the added containers from CVUSD Recycles, the school has been able to step up their efforts even more to collect cans, bottles and paper throughout the school.

Cans and bottles (CRV items) are redeemed for cash. Critical to all of this is Kirk Lomax, the school’s custodian. Not only does he help ensure all containers are emptied, cleaned and maintained, Kirk takes the cans and bottles to the redemption center. The money generated is used to supplement the school’s custodial supply budget.

In addition, Wildwood’s PTA held their first ever recycling drive. Parents were asked to bring their cans and bottles from their homes so they could be recycled for cash. The drive was a great success – the PTA earned about $250!

Student Council is also doing their part. They are in charge of collecting juice pouches and Lunchable containers so they can be redeemed for cash through TerraCycle. The Student Council has collected over 14,000 juice pouches so far and are starting the Lunchables collection in March. Student Council also collects recycling from classrooms and the office twice a week to ensure the 30 plus recycle bins in the school are emptied regularly.

Other recyclables are placed in a separate dumpster designated specifically for recycling. The District’s waste service provider, Waste Management, empties the recycling dumpster free of charge. So, the more Wildwood recycles, the more money they can save the District on waste disposal fees!

Wildwood Elementary School was one of nine CVUSD schools where staff from the CVUSD Recycles program conducted a waste audit. Results from the waste audits can be viewed on the CVUSD Recycles Waste Audits page.

Contact: Principal Doug Hedin, (805) 492-3531, dhedin@conejousd.org