Waste Diversion Programs
The Simcoe County District School Board partners with the County of Simcoe to collect organic waste from elementary schools, and recycling from both elementary and secondary schools located in the County of Simcoe (this excludes schools in the cities of Barrie and Orillia). The SCDSB will continue the collection of recycling in Barrie and Orillia.
Schools lcated in the County of Simcoe
The Learning and Living Green partnership provides schools located within the County of Simcoe with the opportunity to divert a significant amount of waste from landfills. The County collects organic waste and other materials (including more plastics and milk cartons) in their recycling program than is collected under the SCDSB’s current program (Elementary Program Poster and Secondary Program Poster). The diversion program in the schools is very similar to programs available to households within the County. Studies indicate that this type of program improves the participation and diversion rates at school and at home.
County of Simcoe's Mobile Education Unit
Schools can contact and book the County of Simcoe's Mobile Education Unit (MEU) to come to their location. The MEU is a 30-foot trailer wrapped in wall-to-wall graphics both inside and out. It is a travelling classroom equipped with interactive games which teach the importance of waste reduction and diversion programs.
Schools located in the City of Barrie and the City of Orillia
Schools located in the City of Barrie and the City of Orillia receive enhanced recycling collection. The reycling collection will be increased to include more plastics and milk cartons that are currently excluded in the recycling program.
See a list of which schools are participating in each of the programs.
The best way for students and staff to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill is to reduce how much waste we produce everyday.
For school-age children, the bulk of the waste that they produce comes from their lunch. Many lunches contain processed and pre-packaged items – they are convenient to pack, and seem like an inexpensive option at first glance, however, studies have shown that these foods are often lacking in nutrients when compared to home-made, fresh options. These pre-packages food are also more expensive and tend to be wasted.
Schools are continually working to encourage students and staff to bring waste-free lunches. It reduces the amount of waste in classrooms, encourages healthier food choices and reduces cost.