Zero Waste Schools

Important Notice on the Suspension of GrowNYC’s Recycling Programs (click to read PDF)


GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Schools Program (ZWS)* has helped NYC public schools create effective recycling programs since 2010. In that time, we have worked with over 500 schools and seen first-hand the real change that can happen when all members of the school community work together to make a difference. NYC schools can have a huge impact and help our city achieve Zero Waste by 2030!

(*Formerly Recycling Champions Program (RCP) - you will see a lot of rerences to RCP on these pages and in our materials while we work to get everything up to date!)

Organics Collection Program Expansion

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For the 2019-2020 school year, ZWS is excited to work with 130 public schools in Queens and Brooklyn that are receiving DSNY Organics Collection for the first time. ZWS works in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Sanitation to provide waste related educational programming to all members of a school community including teachers, administrators, students, and custodial and cafeteria staff.  

We are pleased to share with you useful waste education resources and ZWS's own materials created in direct response to the needs of the NYC K-12 community. 













If there are changes to GrowNYC programming or operations due to inclement weather this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.