Green & Healthy Tip

Did you know … how you sort and recover resources at home might be different than what your TPS Tiger does at school?

At TPS we have a three-bin resource recovery and sorting system that includes COMPOST, RECYCLING, and TRASH

The green COMPOST bin accepts paper plates, paper towels, napkins, juice and coffee cups (but not the plastic lid; that goes in the recycling bin!), plant-based cutlery, and ALL food scraps, including meat and dairy products.

The blue RECYCLING bin accepts glass, plastics #1-7, mixed paper (no tissues!), cardboard and paperboard, milk and juice boxes, metal containers, aluminum foil, and pie pans.

The black TRASH bin accepts yogurt tubes, string cheese wrappers, foil-lined food wrappers, anything with bodily fluids, and plastic bags (although these can easily be recycled at most grocery/drug stores). Remember, all of these items will be sent to the landfill!

Resource Recovery can be confusing at times, but TPS is looking for ways to make it easier for everyone. We all need to help each other in order to remember what goes where as we strive to attain zero waste.

If you live in Philadelphia, check the list of accepted items on the Streets Department website for what should and should not be put in your curbside recycling bin.

Also, keep in mind that there are two household hazardous waste (HHW) disposal events remaining for 2015 for Philadelphia – October 10th and November 7th (there is one scheduled every month April through November, minus August). Details can be found at