Recycling and Waste Reduction

Recycling and Waste Reduction – Improving the Bottom Line

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All SFPS Facilities are expected to participate in the District-wide recycling and waste reduction program. While a 32% recycling diversion rate, a 30% reduction in waste to landfill, and a 50% food waste to compost rate is fantastic, we still have a way to go towards reducing our resource-use across the District. 

Clink on the link to the left to view the District’s current recycling and waste reduction data.

Wondering what materials are recyclable?

Please refer to SFPS' current Mixed Recycling Guide.

SFPS Waste Reduction Initiatives – as of January 2017

  • Electronic Waste – once Board and State approved for disposal, 100% recycled with R2 certified Albuquerque Recycling.
  • Furniture Excess – stored and recirculated in South Campus A Building; also donated to non-profits, other schools, or charitable organizations.
  • Construction remodels – metal waste is recycled, but very little other recycling done on construction sites.
  • Disposable Cafeteria Trays – when used, trays are 100% pre- and post-consumer waste and compostable.  Some Styrofoam is still in use, especially when compostable trays aren’t available.
  • Utensils - All eating utensils at High Schools are plastic, and thrown away daily. Washable metal utensils are used at all elementary and K-8 schools.
  • Chemical and Lighting Waste - Old paint, floor wax, floor stripper, and fluorescent lamps, as well as CFLs, are being collected and removed on a quarterly basis by Advanced Chemical Transport.
  • Metal - Metal is removed from waste, such as a broken chairs or old fence, is collected in a 30-yard roll-off container at General Services, and recycled as needed.
  • Cardboard – Cardboard generated from large installation jobs and other District activities is collected in a 30-yard roll-off container at General Services, and recycled as needed. All vendors are asked to recycle all cardboard and other recyclables when working for SFPS – contractors working on District installation projects usually recycle cardboard, but much more can be done by contractors during on-site construction jobs.
  • All but 1 facility (Wood Gormley) has a blue, mixed recycling dumpster for all recyclables, except glass.
  • Glass – Glass is pack-in/pack-out, as our schools don’t generate it, and recycling clubs are often student run, so safety it’s a concern.
  • Plastic Water Bottles - Several pilot water fountains with filter and water bottle refill have been installed. Each has a running digital count of plastic bottles eliminated. These should be the District-wide replacement models going forward.
  • Recycling Receptacles - Interior recycling bins at all SFPS facilities, exterior recycling bins at approximately 90% of SFPS facilities.
  • Food Waste - Food waste is collected and composted at 14 out of 28 schools. 


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