South Carolina has about 760,000 students and 50,000 teachers in more than 1,200 schools that generate substantial amounts of waste. The vast majority of this waste could be prevented, recycled or composted.
School districts have a unique obligation to demonstrate environmental accountability by setting up waste reduction, recycling and composting programs. The benefits of these programs are many including conserving resources, supporting the state's recycling efforts and economy as well as teaching a lifelong lesson to students on sustainability and being responsible consumers.
DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling can help schools set up, maintain, improve and expand recycling and composting programs through grant funding, technical assistance, curriculum lessons and other material.
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