School Resources

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Waste Wise Lane County wants to put a FREE milk dispenser in your school! Interested in letting your school know about the opportunity? Contact Waste Wise Lane County Supervisor Angie Marzano at [email protected].

WasteWise Lane County empowers teachers, students, and parents with sustainability tools and resources to help reduce waste, save money, and take action on climate change.  

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BRING Classroom & Tour Presentations

Lane County in partnership with BRING provides free classroom presentations, tours of local garbage and recycling facilities, lessons and resources on waste reduction and prevention. Students learn about recycling, natural resources, composting, the impacts of climate change and more! For more information, visit BRING or call (541) 746-3023.

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MECCA - Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts

MECCA inspires creative reuse by offering the community affordable art supplies, workshops, studio and gallery space. Art supplies are available to teachers and educators for free. For more information visit, MECCA or call (541) 302-1810.

Located at 555 High St., Eugene, OR. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Donations accepted Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Partners for Sustainable Schools

Lane County in partnership with Partners for Sustainable Schools provides assistance to schools working to achieve Oregon Green Schools certification. Lane County provides $500 grants to ten (10) K-12 schools each year to schools that achieve certification levels. For more information, visit Partners for Sustainable Schools or call (541) 636-0096.

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School Education Programs & Resources

Lane County and its partners offer free waste reduction programs and resources (e.g., signage, containers, grants, lessons, and curriculum) to address topics like composting, food waste and waste reduction in schools throughout Lane County.

Teachers can take advantage of hand-on activities like tours of Short Mountain landfill, lessons, environmental curricula and waste audits to show students how little changes can make a big difference and motivate schools to take further actions to reduce waste, save energy and conserve water.

School Composting

Did you know that each year Eugene puts over 40 million pounds of food waste in the local landfill?

Food waste generates methane (a potent greenhouse gas) when it’s buried in landfills, but not when composted. Schools that compost prevent otherwise trash-bound food scraps from decomposing in landfills  — plus kids learn about the benefits of good soil health and microbial decomposers. 

Interested in composting at your school?
4J Schools: [email protected]
Bethel Schools: [email protected]
Springfield Schools: Fill out form at:

For information about the City of Eugene's school composting program, view the School Training Manual.

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Make sure to check out the latest WasteWise News: School Edition and SchoolWise Resources at the links below!

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