School Recycling Study

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2021-2022 School Recycling Study

2020-2021 School Recycling Study



Members of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) are collaborating with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help school leaders manage recycling programs in both fiscally and environmentally sound ways.

Our mission is to develop and provide - at no cost to schools - best practices and recommendations for school administrators, school boards, and operations managers, on how best to manage recyclables and organics. We know that some schools already have model programs. Ultimately, we hope to learn your success stories and share them.


Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) is trying to gain insight and develop sustainable practices to manage recycling in Pennsylvania Schools. Our goal is to reintroduce education on recycling and to show the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.

Environmental Benefits
RECYCLE BULLET   Conserving Raw Materials/Natural Resources
RECYCLE BULLET   Saving Energy
RECYCLE BULLET   Reducing Landfill Space
RECYCLE BULLET   Reducing the Amount of Harmful Greenhouse Gases Created

Economic Benefits
RECYCLE BULLET   Creating More Jobs
RECYCLE BULLET   Reducing Waste Disposal Costs



Provide some information regarding current recycling practices taking place in your school by completing a short survey. Be entered into a prize drawing if the survey is completed by November 30, 2022. Please submit one application per school. Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2023 but will not be included in the prize drawing after November 30, 2022.

Complete the survey online:

 School Recycling Study Survey

Return completed paper surveys to Shelly Dreese at [email protected] or at the mailing address below.

Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP)
ATTN: Shelly Dreese
908 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102



We will use those surveys to work toward creating a model program that could help provide suggestions on implementing best recycling practices in your school.

  How to Enter

2022-2023 Green Space and Technical Assistance Winners
Green Space - Technical Assistance Winners


 Poster Contest     Video Contest

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2022-2023 Poster & Video Contest Winners

 Poster Winners 1        Video Winners 1

Sponsored by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

2021-2022 School Recycling Study

PA School Recycling Summary Report 21-22

2020-2021 School Recycling Study

PA School Recycling Summary Report 20-21

Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) invited Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) & Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to engage in a conversation about recycling on their Keystone Radio Podcast. Click the link below to listen.

Keystone Radio Podcast - Treating Recyclables as a Commodity: Understanding the Value of Recycling



Recycling Presentation for Schools