McKinley Elementary School Receives State Award for Recycling Efforts

McKinley Elementary School Receives State Award for Recycling Efforts
Posted: Nov. 16, 2017

girl recycles a plastic bag at McKinley Elementary school during lunch period.


Students and staff of Wauwatosa’s McKinley Elementary School have been recognized by the State of Wisconsin for their recycling efforts!


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has selected McKinley Elementary and teachers Elizabeth Dailey and Jenny Leigh as recipients of the 2017 Recycling Excellence Award in the category of Projects and Initiatives. The school was recognized for its successful food composting program and its work to reduce food waste entering landfills, as well as a plastic bag recycling initiative with demonstrated results. The program is in its second year.


“The commitment and engagement from our students and staff for this project is exciting,” said McKinley Principal Jean Hoffman. “Our first year of the program we composted over 10,000 pounds of waste. In our second year, we have expanded our composting efforts beyond the lunchroom to our classrooms and we are even composting the paper towels used in our bathrooms.”


 McKinley is one of three recipients selected for this category, statewide.


“The Recycling Excellence Award program is designed to encourage and reward communities and programs for outstanding efforts, innovation, and performance in recycling, while providing examples of how to increase the effectiveness of local recycling programs,” wrote Joseph Van Rossum, the director of the Bureau of Waste and Materials Management with the Department of Natural Resources. “It’s an honor to recognize these programs for their waste diversion achievements.”


McKinley has also recently been recognized as a Green & Healthy Sprout School through Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin. Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides recognition for JK-12 public and private schools that are “working to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental and sustainability literacy.”


To learn more about Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, click HERE.  For more information about the Department of Natural Resources Recycling Excellence Awards, click HERE.


And, to learn more about McKinley Elementary School, click HERE.