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Recycling Education
San José’s garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings haulers can bring educational resources straight to you through classroom presentations that teach students the benefits of recycling, reducing, and reusing. These presentations are geared to schools in San José only.

For more information or to schedule a classroom presentation, contact one of the following haulers:

California Waste Solutions
California Waste Solutions (CWS) collects recycling materials for residents in north, east, and south San José. CWS would like to visit your classroom to teach students about the importance of recycling. CWS will tailor presentation learning materials to captivate any grade level and to meet any special needs. The length of presentations varies by grade level:
  • Pre-school = 30 minutes
  • Elementary = 45 minutes
  • Middle-school and High-school = 1 hour

For details, visit the California Waste Solutions website or call (408) 213-7800 x334.

Garden City Sanitation

Garden City Sanitation provides garbage collection service to residents in downtown, and north, east, and south San José. They offer unique presentation opportunities for classrooms of all grade levels.

If you teach preschool aged-children or kindergarteners, a Garden City Sanitation representative would love to come to your classroom to do a book-reading and short activity. The 20-minute reading and activity can cover topics such as waste reduction, litter prevention, recycling or composting – which even includes displaying a real-live worm bin!

For grades one through 12, presentation topics and length can be customized to meet the teacher’s needs and the students’ interests. Previous classroom visits have included presentations about environmental legislation such as plastic grocery bag and polystyrene bans, waste reduction goals, jobs in the waste management industry, and even hands-on activities that allow students to complete creative projects through the reuse of common materials usually thought of as trash.

For further details, visit the Garden City Sanitation website. To schedule a presentation, email Garden City or call (408) 988-4500.

GreenTeam San José
GreenTeam offers fun and informative presentations on a variety of topics, including the basics of recycling, what happens to your recyclables after they are collected, buying “green,” and more. Content is customized according to student age or grade level. Presentations are available to pre-school, K-12, and college students. ESL classes, daycare groups and home-schooled students are also encouraged to request a presentation. Presentations typically run 20 minutes to an hour long. To schedule a presentation, email customer service or call (408) 282-4400.

GreenWaste Recovery
Green Waste Recovery provides yard trimming collection and street sweeping for all of San José. GreenWaste Recovery’s hands-on learning experience for K-5 students is sure to get kids excited about recycling! GreenWaste Recovery staff’s visit includes an informative presentation covering an introduction to what their company does, an explanation of how recyclable materials and yard waste are collected and where they are transported, the meaning and importance of the 3 R’s, and some recycling fun facts followed by either a game or song. Each student receives a pencil, ruler, coloring book, and crayons. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long. To schedule a presentation, call (408) 283-4800