All school sites and support buildings have participated in the LPS Recycling Program since 2002. LPS currently recycles over 1.3 million pounds of material annually.

Each school has the flexibility to decide how students will be engaged in the program. Collections are done by many different groups, such as specific grade levels, like kindergarten classes studying ‘garbology’ or a 5th grade science class. Other groups include school Green Teams, student councils, Community Learning Center after-school programs, and Special Education classes.

Recycling protects and conserves our limited natural resources, strengthens Lincoln’s economy by supporting green jobs, and teaches LPS students the importance of caring for our natural environment.

For more information on who collects the recycling and how to be more involved refer to the LPS Recycling Guidelines.

For more information regarding the the amount of recyclables LPS diverts from the land fill refer to the Monthly Environmental Impact Reports.

The City of Lincoln Waste Management Guide provides information on Lincoln’s recycling goals and a map of public recycling locations around the city.

Staff members, please check out our Waste Resources for Staff page for any further questions.

Below is a list of items that can be recycled at LPS. The different categories go in separate bins. The items are separated from each other to maintain the value of the individual commodities being collected.

Click on each item to learn more about how and where it is recycled!


Pile Of Cardboard

Cardboard is typically handled by the custodians and the kitchen staff at each building. Cardboard can be collected in classrooms. Flatten the cardboard and leave it outside the room for custodians to pick up. Other arrangements may be made with custodians and staff, if needed.

Acceptable materials include:
Flattened Cardboard Boxes
Pop Cartons

Unacceptable materials include:
Soiled cardboard material including pizza boxes with excessive food or grease stains.

Tin Cans

Tin and steel cans are recycled from school kitchens. Cans must be emptied and rinsed clean. They can be crushed or flattened to save space.

Newspaper, Magazines and More

These materials are collected in centralized locations where the material is most likely to be generated. These containers are larger than the small blue bins that paper is collected in. These bins can likely be found in a front office, media center, staff lounge, etc. A good rule of thumb for this bin is asking yourself if the paper feels “slick,” like a magazine. If it does, it belongs in this bin. Laminated paper goes to the landfill.

Acceptable materials include:
Book Club Order Forms

Mixed Office Paper

Office paper

The LPS recycling program allows for a multitude of paper products to be recycled. Just place the following items in the small blue recycling bin that is located in every classroom and office in the district.

Acceptable Materials Include:
White Bond (stationary)
Copy Paper
Computer Paper
Tablet Paper (any color)
Envelopes (with or without windows)
NCR paper (carbonless paper)
Ream Wrappers
Legal Paper
Colored Paper
File Folders
Post-It Notes
Card Stock
Construction Paper

Unacceptable Materials Include:
Laminated materials
Paper Towels
Paper Dishes
*Newspapers and Magazines
Food Wrappers
Tissue Paper

*These can be recycled in another container

Plastic & Aluminum Cans

Plastics #1 and #2 can be recycled. This number is located next to a recycling symbol on the plastic container. Plastics #1 and #2 are some of the most common plastics. Please note that the lids on plastic containers are not recyclable, therefore should be placed in a landfill container.

Aluminum cans go in the same container. However, be aware that your school may choose to separate the aluminum if they are participating in the Cans4Books recycling drive.

Both plastics and aluminum containers should be emptied before being placed in the recycling container. Plastic and aluminum should be placed in the 32 gallon barrels placed throughout the hallways and common areas for collection. Remove the lid and put it in the landfill before disposing of the container in the recycling bin.

Some of the most common #1 and #2 containers include:
Drink Containers
Cleaning Supply Containers
Food Storage Containers (such as peanut butter containers)
Milk and Water Jugs

Electronic Waste, Printer Cartridges, and Batteries

Send to LPS Distribution Center. Reuse a box and label the package Please Recycle.


green recycling symbol

Other items that LPS recycles include:
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Used Motor Oil
Used Tires
Scrap Metal