According to Minnesota State Law (Section 115A.551, Subd. 2a.), Ramsey and Washington Counties have a goal to recycle 75 percent by weight of total solid waste generated by December 31, 2030. With schools and facilities located in both counties, White Bear Lake Area Schools has partnered with Ramsey and Washington Counties to do our part reaching this goal. The Counties have awarded us multiple grants to purchase equipment and hire the consulting firm, JL Taitt & Associates. to develop and implement new programs, practices and methods designed to help the counties meet their recycling goals.
The School Board's Waste Reduction
& Recycling Policy was adopted on September 8, 1997 and most recently
revised on July 9, 2012. It is the
policy of District 624 to comply with all state laws relating to waste
management and to make resource conservation an integral part of the physical
operations and curriculum of the School District.
WBLAS waste reduction and recycling program goals are to:
Waste & Recycling Services Contract
Effective October 1, 2015, the rate structure in District 624's new waste and recycling services contract is designed to financially reward the School District for its waste reduction and recycling efforts.
The School District will reduce costs by 67% per cubic yard in Ramsey County and 63% per cubic yard in Washington County when recyclables are diverted from the garbage stream.
The plight of White Bear Lake and the Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer is a widely recognized issue for communities surrounding the lake as well as the entire Northeast metro area. White Bear Lake and other resources across the state, are being negatively impacted by the rapid development and associated increased pumping of groundwater throughout the area. Given these alarming trends, we have an urgent need to engage all of the affected communities in the Northeast Metro in a community based water conservation strategy. In partnership with local non-profit H2O for Life, students across the district are taking action as water stewards to protect and advocate for our precious water resources for future generations. The partnership with Race 2 Reduce has been an extremely positive experience for White Bear Lake students, teachers and our community. Students at all age levels have gained a greater awareness of local water issues, and have learned how to advocate for change. Students have kept track of their own water usage, have learned how to take action to change their behavior and shared their knowledge with the greater community. Staff members appreciate the high quality curriculum that has been developed and the ongoing training and support they have received in the implementation process.
WBLAS water conservation efforts have been highlighted locally and nationally:
Learn more about the curriculum here: https://www.h2oforlifeschools.org/lesson-plans