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 April 22, 2021. Please submit one application per school.

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.

 Enter the Prize Drawing


Poster Contest

Students can produce and submit an 8½" x 11" poster demonstrating the environmental benefits of recycling.

Share or post the Poster Contest Flyer.


Video Contest

Students can produce and submit a 3-5 minutes video. Demonstrate which items can be recycled and how.

Share or post the Video Contest Flyer.


Entries for the Poster and Video contests must be submitted by April 22, 2021.


Sponsored by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection