Contact Us
Email Sarah Grimm, Waste Diversion Specialist 

Here's your GUIDE to forming a GREEN TEAM at your school

statewide Oregon Green Schools

local coordinator email:  phone: 541-636-0096 

Waste Audits and other Green School activities  are PERFECT project learning experiences to involve students in math, science and more! 

Use these forms and resources to get you started:
1. Trash Tracking worksheet to record and calculate how much garbage and how much recycling leaves your facility

2.Waste Audit how-to slides  from Marion County. Waste audit form and instructions from Marion County

3. Calculating Spreadsheet to
 print activity page, enter data and it creates the pie charts and graphs for use in your green school promotions. (if asked for password, just click "cancel" to finish downloading)

Click here for a fun coloring book from America Recycles Day!

NEW Resource! Commingled Recycling Instruction Decals, and Much more are listed on the Master Recycler Resources page
Just call or email to inquire.

Teachers with questions about if a specific material is recyclable are encouraged to snap a photo of the item and send it to for answers.  Then, with these photos, we can create better signs to assist our Oregon Green Schools!


Recycling Education for Schools and Groups 


Lane County Waste Management Division provides a wide range of  recycling education and outreach to the community.

Master Recycler Program has trained 800+ volunteers to help spread the word and encourage waste reduction and recycling in all sorts of settings. Tour local facilities, learn directly from the business and professionals in the field, and get to know what's really behind waste.

Lane County contracts with BRING Recycling to provide classroom education presentations, tours of the recycling center and landfill, fun recycling activities for kids, and information for groups and events. Contact BRING Recycling if you would like to take advantage of this free service to the Lane County community: 541-746-3023.

Oregon Green Schools in Eugene
and Lane County

This statewide association supports
waste reduction and resource
conservation in schools by providing technical assistance,  certification, and publicity to schools that are "going green," as well as free attendance for teachers and students to the annual Green School Summit, a full day filled with fun and educational workshops and resources.

Lane County Waste Management and City of Eugene cooperate in a K-12 Green School Incentive Grant available to the first 10 schools that become entry-level Oregon Green Schools or that move up to merit or Premier Level.

Check out the Oregon Green School Website to see which schools in our area are Oregon Green School, and browse for information and application forms at the "how to join" tab.  Or better yet, contact Partners for Sustainable Schools to get started right away. They are available to visit and assist, inspire and guide your school through the certification process.
Partners for Sustainable Schools
phone:  541-636-0096

For more information on the K-12 Incentive grant program, contact:  541-682-4339.

NEW School Edition Recycling News Seeking Student Submissions for  Fall 2016 edition ! 

This new edition is intended to provide teachers with a teaching tool recycle guide that goes home to families.  Click the image and let us know what you think.  

Students are encouraged to send us recycling tips or drawings of how to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle and we may use them in this newsletter and/or on our website.  Send submissions and content suggestions to

In Spring 2016 edition

  • April 2016 Electronics Recycling Competition 
  • How Recycling Is Like Flying
  • Repair2Reuse Café - Bike Repair 
  • Recycling Options
  • Plastics Recycling Explained!
  • Remove Hazardous Chemicals In Your Home
  • Recycling Poster

And More!

Saturday Kids Workshops at M.E.C.C.A.
Join us for some creative family time!

Each week features a different creative reuse project.

From magnetic puzzles to robot rockets to sock creatures, there's always a fun all-ages craft project for kids and families on Saturdays.

Saturdays, 11am-3pm 

All materials are included for each workshop. We ask for a $3-5 sliding-scale donation per child. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult.

No need to preregister, just drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

You can also come by during any open hours for uninstructed creative play time. Just browse our many arts and crafts reference books and then, for a donation, you can use the studio and materials on hand at MECCA to create recycled arts and crafts. So if you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, come on over to MECCA! 

Visit for additional workshops or contact Mija at 541-302-1810.

MECCA's Saturday Kids workshops are sponsored by SELCO Community Credit Union.