All schools are required to recycle in accordance with the New York City Recycling Law and Mayoral directives. Chancellor’s Regulation A-850 prescribes how schools should implement recycling plans, including the principal’s appointment of a Sustainability Coordinator from school-based staff, who can lead recycling efforts and will be the point person for sustainability related initiatives
The Office of Sustainability collaborates with the Department of Sanitation on a daily basis to provide recycling information, disposal guidelines, free promotional materials, speakers and field trip ideas. DSNY's
website provides links to free stuff, composting resources, fun pages and student activities, and green purchasing links.
The DOE and DSNY have partnered with GrowNYC to create the Recycling Champions
Program, which provides outreach coordinators to work in the school with Sustainability Coordinators on how to set up and improve the school's recycling program.
The Organic Collection program was piloted in 2012-2013 in 90 public schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, diverting over 490 tons of food waste. In 2013-2014, the program expanded within those boroughs to total over 360 schools.
In the 2014-2015 school year, the program will expand into the Bronx and Queens and include additional schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan, adding over 400 schools in 250 buildings. After this expansion, the organics collection program will be in 40% of DOE schools.
Click on the links below to see which schools are participating in the Organics Collection Program:
The Sustainability Initiative follows the e-waste disposal guidelines
that the DOE Division of Instructional and Information Technology provides through their contractors.
Review New York City Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
laws governing “green purchasing” for various products and goods.
Learn how New York City Department of Education procures cleaning products that meet the New York State cleaning requirements