Waste Reduction







Please do not put plastic bags in recycle bins or use a plastic bag liner.  Collect plastic bags and return them to the stores.

Recycling and Composting

DPS is an active partner with the City and County of Denver to educate our students on proper recycling and composting in the City. The majority of our schools are actively recycling and we are adding composting to new schools every semester. Currently we have 50 buildings that are actively composting in the cafeteria to reduce our waste, return nutrients to the soil to grow healthier plants, fruits and vegetables and to fight climate change. If you are interested in improving recycling in your school or adding composting please contact us at

The Recycle Cycle English

The Recycle Cycle (en Español)

Take a look at these videos made by Denver Recycles and see the process for our recycle waste once it leaves our bins.  Try doing a waste audit at your house to see how much compost and recyclable material could be kept out of landfills.

Waste Sorting Game

Denver Waste has created a sorting game to help teach how to recycle, compost or landfill our waste in Denver. Earn rewards for maximizing your waste diversion and build your own park like no other in Denver.

Denver Recycles Waste Sorting Game

Waste Audits

The DPS Sustainability Team works collaboratively with Denver Solid Waste/Denver Recycles, teachers and students to develop strategies to reduce the amount of solid waste that goes into landfills.

Denver Recycles provides school-wide recycling service to almost every school and administrative building in the district. Every classroom and cafeteria has a recycling bin and students are encouraged to recycle plastic, paper, glass and aluminum products in school and at home. Connect with to learn more about the process of brining Cafeteria Composting to your school.

Kitchen Scrap Composting
Compost sorting poster

Cafeteria Composting

Several schools across the district are coordinating composting in their cafeterias and classrooms. These individual composting programs provide schools with the opportunity to further reduce their impacts on landfills and the environment by saving food scraps and paper goods, which are taken away by local compost haulers/manufacturers. Send us an email if you are interested in learning more about composting in schools!

Individual schools are also taking on reducing cafeteria waste by replacing Styrofoam and plastic goods with paperboard and compostable products, as well as reusable trays and utensils. Approximately 8 schools across the district have been working with Green Up Our Schools to conduct waste audits and systematically reduce solid waste amounts across the school.

Learn how your school can safely start a Share Table to reduce food waste and get a healthy snack to another student.

Worm Composting

Worm Composting
Consumption Literacy Project Logo

Consumption Literacy Project
Our work focuses on healing through learning.  We are in schools with curriculums learning science through following the learner, creating meaningful work, and producing real impact within our communities.  Food and waste is such a significant piece of our impact on the planet and so much of our programming revolves around developing innovative curriculum to engage learners, who go to their homes and bring our learning with them.  In Montbello, this work took one school, Academy 360 Nearly Zero Waste (we say nearly, because it’s the fun in the challenge and recognizing that zero may feel overwhelming). Our work is aimed at building a better understanding of self in relationship to the world.  In K-12 our consumption literacy curriculums happen through the slow work of building food-producing capacity through soil building and getting our hands back into the Earth.  This is the heart center of our work.  

What we need: Educators in Montbello, who are ready for the Nearly Zero Challenge!

Share Tables

Share Table Ashley Elementary in January 2020