Polystyrene is one of the most widely used types of plastics. Our school food service cafeterias use polystyrene or “foam trays” for meal service. The type and size of foam trays vary by school and meal service. Depending on the meal that is being served, your school may choose not to offer a foam tray to students and employees. When feasible, this can help reduce the volume of foam trays that need to be recycled. You should also place polystyrene from packing of computers in your recycling area for collection. We do not accept any foam products from the public for recycling.
A variety of recycling containers and marketing materials can be ordered for free to assist you with your recycling efforts. For specific procedures for recycling foam products, please refer to the Recycling Manual.
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #7 Plastic Containers
Approximately 200,000 plastic bottled beverages are sold annually throughout the District. Plastic bottles may be recycled in a trash bag by themselves or mixed with aluminum cans. All leftover liquids should be drained when possible using a funnel top lid that fits on a 20-gallon or 32-gallon blue recycling container. Be sure to recycle plastic bottles at your sporting events, after school events, in the cafeteria and any other area of your campus where appropriate.
The recycling numbers on plastic containers refer to the type of plastic the container is made of. Numbers are usually found on the bottom or side of the container. All #1 and #2 plastic containers can be recycled. This includes plastic vegetable oil containers, pickle containers, 5-gallon chemical containers, etc. All containers that have a #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, & #7 on them should be recycled. Please do not mix plastic containers for recycling with bi-metal food service cans or aluminum cans. We do not accept any plastic products from the public for recycling.
A variety of recycling containers and marketing materials can be ordered for free to assist you with your recycling efforts. For specific procedures for recycling plastic containers, please refer to the Recycling Manual.