Green & Healthy Tip

October 3, 2014

Did you know? TPS recycles and composts school-wide!

TPS students in all grades, preschool through eighth, have the opportunity and responsibility to properly dispose of items while at school. Throughout the building there are receptacles for:  recycling, composting and landfill.

Recycling (Blue Bin)

  • Plastics #1-7
  • Metal, aluminum foil and pie tins
  • Cardboard and paperboard
  • Glass
  • Mixed paper (but no tissues!)
  • Juice and Milk boxes

Composting (Black Bin with a Green Liner)

  • Food and food scraps:  fruits and vegetables, coffee, tea, meats, dairy, bread, pasta, and eggshells
  • Soiled paper:  paper towels and napkins, pizza boxes, waxed paper, waxed cups and cardboard
  • Plant-based cups (juice and coffee), plates and utensils
  • Plant and leaves

Landfill (Small Black Bin)

  • Yogurt tubes
  • Tissues (or anything with bodily fluids)
  • String cheese wrappers
  • Foil-lined food wrappers
  • Plastic bags (please reuse or take to a local grocery store for recycling!)

Another on-going recycling opportunity that is open to the entire TPS community is the TPSA sponsored Terra-cycle program There are six clear, plastic bins with tight-fitting lids located throughout the school. The most accessible one for everyone to use is located on a shelf in the hallway that leads to the multi-purpose room. TPS will receive $0.02 per eligible bag/wrapper. What can YOU put in these bins?

  • Chip and pretzel bags (any size, brand and variety)
  • Energy/granola bar wrappers (any size, brand and variety)

So, save your wrappers and bring them in, and the TPSA Green & Healthy Team will send them to Terra-cycle to be upcycled!

And still there is more!

  • Household batteries
  • Markers and highlighters
  • Crayons

Bins to collect these items are also located on shelves in the hallway near the Multipurpose Room, and the TPSA Green & Healthy Team will send them off to be responsibly recycled.

How else can you help your TPS Tiger recycle and compost? Talk to them about these responsibilities and which items go in which bins. You can also help them pack a waste-free lunch - a lunch that contains items that can be reused, recycled or composted!

Here are some resources to help:



City of Philadelphia Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling - There is a HHW recycling event on October 18, 2014 – Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Event, 3033 South 63rd Street, Philadelphia. More information, including a long list of items that can and should be disposed of at an HHW event and NOT in weekly refuse or recycling collections can be found at If you can't make it to October's event, there are events monthly from April-November (excluding August). Each month the event is held in a different location, so be sure to check the website for those details as well.