It’s 2018. Why does the WJUSD not have a recycling program at every school?
The district pays about $100 per ton to landfill trash. Compare this for $1 per ton of recycling. Even a modest recycling program (30% recovery) could save the district $30K annually and pay for part time salary or another environmental improvement.
AB-341, California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, encourages institutions to recycle, but it’s a voluntary policy.
So yes, technically, even without an active recycling program, Superintendent Pritchard was correct in telling the board of trustees in January 2018 that school district is “doing fine” and in compliance with the law.
However, AB 1826 or organic recycling (compost) is mandatory and WJUSD is clearly not in compliance. Davis Joint Unified is already well on its way to an excellent compost program. Here in Woodland, WJUSD isn’t yet recycling paper and bottles, much less food waste.
Tell us about your school. Does it have a locally-organized recycling process? How is it managed?
And check out the creative ways that San Francisco schools are working towards their goal of 100% recycling.
Woodland doesn’t have the financial resources of San Francisco, but the coalition offered to connect WJUSD with the coordinator of this program.