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The City's Schools Recycling Coordinator works with public and private schools in the Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, and Reynolds school districts to set up and maintain sustainable recycling systems. Read more about the school incentive program.  

Composting at local schools may soon become a reality. See the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ in this entertaining video.

Schools Recycling Requirement

In spring 2009, the City Council adopted a Business Recycling Requirement (which includes schools) in the Gresham Revised Code. This was done to enhance both Gresham's recycling programs and to comply with the regional Solid Waste Management Plan set forth under state law.

What's Required

Schools must:

  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and tubs, steel and aluminum cans, and glass.
  • Ensure there are containers for collection of these recyclables.
  • Post signs at collection areas, indicating which materials should be recycled.

For assistance with meeting this requirement or for more information, contact Jan Rankin, Schools Recycling Coordinator, at 503-618-2613.

Recycling Assistance Available to Schools

  • waste evaluation instructions
  • obtaining equipment and supplies
  • proper signage
  • educational tools
  • help establishing low-maintenance recycling projects
  • funding resources
  • Grants Program*

What Gresham Schools are Doing – Ask Us How

  • cafeteria recycling
  • student recycling programs
  • worm bins and composting
  • student earth clubs, green teams and class campaigns
  • school gardening

Grant money is available to schools for starting recycling and resource conservation programs and activities.

Environmental Services School Field Trips 

Classroom Presentations and Educational Resources 

How and What to Recycle at School 

Find My School's Garbage Hauler 

Conservation Puppet Show DVD and Coloring Book 

Classroom Work Day in a Watershed 

School Programs

Oregon Green Schools

Jan Rankin, the City's Schools Recycling Coordinator, is the regional Oregon Green Schools coordinator for Gresham schools.
View list of Gresham's local schools certified as Oregon Green Schools

About Oregon Green Schools

  • Helps schools set up and maintain waste reduction and resource efficiency programs
  • Awards schools for their efforts
  • Brings schools and students together to network and share information and ideas

For more information contact Jan Rankin, the City's Schools Recycling Coordinator at Jan.Rankin@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2613.

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