Waste Reduction, ReUse, & Diversion

  • PPS collects food scraps, commingled recycling, garbage, and yard debris.


    Waste Programs:

    • Food Scrap Collection
      • *Food only
      • 80+ Kitchens 
      • 20+ School cafeterias (and growing!)  
    • Recycling
      • *Paper products, plastic tubs, plastic bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans
      • 'Share Tables' in cafeterias to re-offer unopened food
    • Yard Debris
      • Any school can request a roll cart for on-going stewardship of school grounds
    • ReUse
      • PEC (Central Office) has a Supply Closet to reuse office supplies
      • Donation community partnerships for furniture and office supplies
      • Donated food before school breaks


    Information on where waste goes after collection can be found below!

How to Waste Less:

Frequently Asked Questions

Sorting FAQs

  • Where does PPS waste go after collection?

  • Why is our recycling collected in plastic bags?

  • Why is “recyclable” not always recyclable?

  • What happens if the wrong things go in the recycling bin?

  • Do recyclable containers & bottles need to be rinsed or cleaned before they are recycled?

  • Why does recycling correctly make a difference?

Nutrition Services FAQs

  • Why are breakfasts served in packaging?

  • What is the district doing about food waste?

  • Can kitchen staff reuse their disposable gloves? Can they be washed like washing hands?

  • What are other ways that the Nutrition Services department is implementing sustainable practices?

  • How many schools have reusable trays, silverware or cups?

  • If a school is interested in starting reusable silverware, who should be contacted and what are the next steps?