School Recycling Study

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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 15, 2021. Please submit one application per school. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022 but will not be included in the prize drawing after November 15, 2021.

Complete the survey online:

 School Recycling Study Survey

 Paper 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

Prize Drawing Winners

Technical Assistance

  • Northgate High School

Green Space

  • Mt. Pleasant Senior High School
  • Beth Shalom Academy


 Poster - Video Contest Winners

   Poster Contest Calendar 

    Poster Winners                                           Video Winners


Poster Contest

To view all poster entries click the image above

Video Contest

To view all video entries click the image above

Sponsored by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection



2020-2021 School Recycling Study

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