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:
- Increase the School District's recycling rate to 75% by
- Increase student, staff and visitors participation in
the existing recycling program including rigid plastic containers such as
food and beverage bottles and tubs; plastics labeled #1 through #7; milk
cartons; and aseptic packaging such as juice boxes and soup and broth
- Expand milk carton recycling to all school cafeterias
district-wide. It is estimated that
the School District discarded 930,750 milk cartons during the 2014-2015
school year. * Since 2016, all of our schools were recycling milk cartons. This has prevented over 2 million milk cartons from entering the waste stream.
- Expand food and beverage waste recycling (food-to-hogs
program) to all school kitchens (food prep waste) and cafeterias (student
plate waste) district-wide.
- Switch from one-time-use disposable lunch trays to
reusable lunch trays that are cleaned in a dishwasher daily by foodservice
staff. It is estimated that the
School District discarded 685,900 disposable lunch trays during the 2014-2015
- Establish a best practices, color-coded collection
container system where blue identifies recycling containers and
equipment, green identifies food and beverage waste recycling
containers and equipment and gray identifies trash containers and
- Develop a method to collect recyclables and reusable
school supplies during seasonal school clean outs (end of school year desk
and locker cleanouts).
Waste & Recycling Services Contract
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.
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
Our current program is based on the method of single stream recycling where cans, glass, plastics, paper and cardboard are collected together in the same BLUE container and food and beverage waste in our kitchens and cafeterias are managed through hog feeding and collected in a GREEN container.
Not sure what goes where?
Check out instructions on how to sort recyclables in our schools.
Check out this video showing how our students recycle in the cafeteria.