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!
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
Unacceptable materials include:
Soiled cardboard material including pizza boxes with excessive food or grease stains.
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
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)
Tablet Paper (any color)
Envelopes (with or without windows)
NCR paper (carbonless paper)
Unacceptable Materials Include:
*Newspapers and Magazines
*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:
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.
LPS Design Guidelines require all recyclable material such as wood, metal, and cardboard be separated from trash to divert as much of this waste from the landfill as possible. With the implementation of the LPS Design Guidelines, more than 320 tons of wood, 651 tons of metal, and a combined total of over 2,900 tons of other construction materials were kept out of the landfill. The latest version of the LPS Design Guidelines have stepped up the expectations with a new goal of 80% diversion on all new construction and renovation projects.
Other items that LPS recycles include:
Fluorescent Light Tubes
Used Motor Oil