RCS Recycling Program

Recycling At RCS
A Success Story!

A system-wide recycling program was implemented in 2009-2010 and proved to be successful right from the start. An average of 115 tons of recycled material is collected and processed annualy from our schools to become new products such as newspaper, shipping boxes, carpeting, furniture and automobiles.

Did You know...
Each year Rutherford County Schools recycles:
5 tons of plastic bottles
16 tons of metal cans
50 tons of mixed paper
44 tons of cardboard boxes


Textile Recycling Program
Students, faculty & staff can now place any and all unwanted clothing. shoes, bedding, belts, backpacks...even stuffed animals...in special Textile Recycling bins located at each High School.

Teacher's Corner:
Encourage Homework!

Homework is meant to reinforce the lessons taught at school.  You already encourage your students to do their homework, so keep the lessons going!  Show students that recycling is important by encouraging them to recycle at home.  If they don't have a recycling program at home, visit http://rutherfordcountync.govspan>  to find out how to get started!

Why Recycle?

RCS administrators, staff and students are working together to conserve natural resources and manage our solid waste.  With nearly 9,000 students and 1,000 employees, RCS can generate as much trash and recyclable material as a mid-sized town.  By recycling plastic bottles, mixed paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, RCS is diverting tens of thousands of pounds of material from landfills each year, reducing trash disposal costs while teaching students to be good stewards of the earth's natural resources.

Teaching life lessons to encourage the growth of responsible citizens.

Many of our recycling programs are run primarily by a class or environmental club.  These in-school recycling programs empower students to practice the principles they learn in the classroom.  Students are able to test their knowledge and skills while actively taking part in managing their resources and waste.  Students are challenged as they realize that communication is a must for effective recycling programs.

By beginning a
child's recycling education early, RCS is ensuring a future generation of responsible citizens.  We recognize that it is the responsibility of each Rutherford County citizen to conserve resources by reducing, reusing and recycling, no matter what age.  As our community strives to recycle more and throw away less, it is incumbent on RCS to practice what we teach by providing a means for our students and staff to recycle at school.

We care about the environment.

There are a finite number of resources on our planet which means we can't just use our materials once.  Instead of pretending there is an endless supply of resources, RCS recognizes the importance of recycling to create a more sustainable future. 

Recycling saves money.

The cost of hauling and disposing school waste cuts directly into the educational budget.  By diverting material from ending up in the dumpster, the trash bills are kept to a minimum, leaving more money for RCS to spend on educational tools for our students.

Send your recycling success stories, pictures and questions to:
Donald Gowan
Rutherford County Schools
Recycling Coordinator
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