School Resources

Schools generate significant amounts of waste. Here are tools and resources to help reduce costs, save resources and improve sustainability.


Kids Recycling

BRING Classroom & Tour Presentations

Lane County in partnership with BRING provides free classroom presentations, tours of local garbage and recycling facilities, lessons and resources on waste reduction and prevention. Students learn about recycling, natural resources, composting, the impacts of climate change and more! For more information, visit BRING or call (541) 746-3023.

BRING Tour

MECCA - Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts

MECCA inspires creative reuse by offering the community affordable art supplies, workshops, studio and gallery space. Art supplies are available to teachers and educators for free. For more information visit, MECCA or call (541) 746-3023.

Located at 449 Willamette St., Eugene, OR (right next to the Amtrak station). Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

MECCA

Partners for Sustainable Schools

Lane County in partnership with Partners for Sustainable Schools provides assistance to schools working to achieve Oregon Green Schools certification. Lane County provides $500 grants to ten (10) K-12 schools each year to schools that achieve certification levels. For more information, visit Partners for Sustainable Schools or call (541) 636-0096.

OGS Certification

School Education Programs & Resources

Lane County and its partners offer free waste reduction programs and resources (e.g., signage with plastic and without plastic, containers, grants, lessons and curriculum to address topics like composting, food waste and waste reduction in schools throughout Lane County.

Teachers can take advantage of hand-on activities like tours of Short Mountain landfill, lessons, environmental curricula and waste audits to show students how little changes can make a big difference and motivate schools to take further actions to reduce waste, save energy and conserve water.

School Composting

Did you know that each year Eugene puts over 40 million pounds of food waste in the local landfill?

Compost
Food waste generates methane (a potent greenhouse gas) when it’s buried in landfills, but not when composted. Schools that compost prevent otherwise trash-bound food scraps from decomposing in landfills  — plus kids learn about the benefits of good soil health and microbial decomposers. 

Interested in composting at your school?
4J Schools: shepard_t@4j.lane.or.us
Bethel Schools: cathy.bechen@bethel.k12.or.us
Springfield Schools: Fill out form at: sanipac.com/compost

For information about the City of Eugene's school composting program, view the School Training Manual.