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Q: What materials can I recycle at my school?

A: District schools and facilities are currently using the City of Edmonton recycle services and can place the following items in their recycle bin:

  • Paper products
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bags and plastic containers
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Drink containers
  • Light metals including tin, aluminum, and metal (i.e. cans, small containers, etc.)

For more information and a poster of what is accepted, please click on the following link: Commercial Recycling.

Q: What can be composted in a school?

A: Edmonton Public Schools are using the commercial composting service through the City of Edmonton Waste Management Branch and have access to compost many materials in their standard waste stream. Included in compostables are:

  • Food preparation scraps
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Meat
  • Wood chips/sawdust
  • Hair
  • Wet paper towels or napkins (with no cleaning chemicals)
  • Liquid organics or grease
  • Napkins
  • Wet cardboard (e.g. pizza boxes)

Q: Can shredded paper be recycled?

A: Edmonton Public Schools that have a garbage bin can place their shredded paper in a clear bag and place it in the garbage bin along with other general waste.  The bag is required to keep the paper from flying out during a windy day, or when dumping the bin into the truck.  Instead of being recycled with other paper products, shredded paper is turned into useable compost by the City of Edmonton.

Schools that use a contracted shredding service can also be assured that the shredding companies are obligated by our district to send the paper for recycling.

Q: Are CFL bulbs dangerous to the environment?

A: CFL bulbs have a minute amount of mercury. However, there is no mercury released when the bulbs are in use. It is important that CFL bulbs not be thrown in the regular garbage. All household hazardous waste (CFL bulbs, batteries, old cell phones, etc.) should be disposed of properly. 

Q: Do computer screen savers save energy?

A: On the older computer monitors there was some savings, but the main purpose of the screen saver was to prevent "image burn-in." The best way to save energy with a computer monitor is to turn it off manually or automatically after 10 minutes of non-use. It will restart quickly when turned on again.

When leaving your computer also get in the habit of turning off the monitor and then start saving!