Be a Green Teacher Leader


Are you passionate about our earth? Do you want to help students learn about how they can help keep it clean and “green”? You would be the perfect fit for a “Green Teacher Leader”. Green Leaders will be afforded the opportunity to form a club at their respective schools and set goals around reducing, reusing, recycling and composting! Students can be the driving force in determining what their school most needs and then put those ideas into action with your guidance. Please see the posting at your school for this position!

Teach them early!



First graders acquired a new, stainless steel water bottle to use all year long through the Monster Re-User program thanks to the City of Eugene’s Waste Reduction grant. First they learned a lot about plastic and how harmful it is to the planet. They learned about re-using things before throwing them away and were challenged to create something at home out of plastic that could be used for awhile before it gets recycled or thrown away. The students are also challenged to use this bottle all year long, and those that still have theirs in June will receive a reward! They were pretty happy with their new bottles!

New life for plastic


Students in some third grade classes completed a lesson learning about the problem of too much plastic on our earth and the fact that it is becoming more and more difficult to recycle. The classes watched a video showing some beaches covered in plastic and how it can harm the ocean life. They then created their own piggy bank from plastic containers that can no longer be recycled. Upon completion, they were given a challenge: Go home and see what helpful item you could make out of something that is headed for the trash. Re-using and re-purposing items was the goal. Many students brought in their creations and earned a prize. Pictured is a student with his flashlight made from a 7-up plastic bottle.

Recycle Right!



Were you aware that the types of plastic your garbage hauler recycles has now changed? It used to be that most plastics could be recycled but now that China is no longer accepting our recycled plastic, local garbage companies have had to change their regulations. Students in Mrs. Aley’s third grade class at Meadow View School learned that now we can only recycle clear plastic drinking bottles and plastic milk jugs. Everything we put in our bin must be empty, clean and dry, so as not to contaminate anything else in the bin.

Students made posters showing items that can and can’t be recycled to hang at home over their bin. Remember, “When in doubt, throw it out!”

BRING offers a challenge!

Do you like to design and build? This challenge is for you! Get your free materials from BRING recycling, and build something new and useful with them! Your product will be judged and you could win $100.00. This is great way to have fun, and make a difference all at the same time!



BRING Recycling is awarding a total of $2,500 in prize money to four winning school teams this spring!
How it Works


  1. Register your school team before January 11. You’ll receive a Challenge info packet after you register. The earlier you register, the earlier you can get started! 2. Shop. Each teacher or team leader receives $100 in Challenge Cash to use in the BRING Store. Include more teachers to receive more Challenge Cash.
  2. Build.Students use selected used building materials from BRING to build something unique to enhance the classroom, school, or school garden! Whether the project is functional or just fun to look at, students can engage with their classmates in meaningful lessons about waste, reuse, and the sustainability of materials.
  3. Enter.Entries are due May 8. Final entries will include a Final Entry photo, photos of teams designing and building their project, plus a description essay. You could win up to $1,000 for your school! 

For more information and to register, visit our website >

The School Product Design Challenge is presented by BRING in partnership with Lane County Waste Management. The Challenge is open to all Lane County schools and teachers. 


Lane County will hold its first FREE Plastics Round-up on

Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm  at the Glenwood Transfer Station.   3100 E 17th Ave. Eugene, 97403
PLEASE carpool with others to reduce traffic jams and air pollution.

We will be collecting #2, #4 and #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles.

Tubsbottlejugslids and handles

 All materials brought to this event must be clearly stamped with a resin code (number inside chasing arrows) of #2, #4 or #5 and must be separated into the shape descriptions listed above.  No other plastic types will be collected at this event.

All items must be washed clean. Remove all labels that are not printed on container.

Some examples of ACCEPTED items:

#2 and #5 yogurt tubs and #4 yogurt lids  (separated into three categories)
#5  Dairy and cottage cheese tub (not the lid because it is not marked)

Some examples of EXCLUDED items:

Arizona tea jug marked both #5 AND #7
Coffee Mate bottle #1

Why a Round-up?

Recent disruptions to international recycling markets has driven changes in the collection of mixed recycling (aka curbside commingled recycling) systems in Lane County.  Some communities have had to prohibit plastics in order to ensure that sorting facilities can produce a marketable paper commodity for re-manufacture.

Lane County and its partners are developing strategies to maintain recycling collection for the plastics that can be successfully recycled in the Pacific Northwest.  The key to successful recycling is to ensure each commodity type is uncontaminated by other plastics or debris of any kind.

Interested in volunteering for this event?  Contact Kelly Bell at 541-682-2059 or

For additional information, contact:


Malabon students present to the City

Some students from Mr. DeFlaminis’ class at Malabon Elementary had the privilege of presenting for a Partners in Education presentation on Thursday, May 31st from 3:30-4:15PM. Although Mayor Vinis was unable to attend, City Councilor Semple and Councilor Taylor, as well as key City staff members were there in her place.

Malabon started composting in their kitchen, as well as their cafeteria this year. Students put together a powerpoint presentation explaining the process and the trials and tribulations of implementing the program. Overall, since February, Malabon has saved 175 gallons of food from going in the landfill and instead, sent it off to be made into compost by Rexius. Good job Malabon!

Look what’s new in recyling!


Third grade students at Meadow View learned about the recent new changes with recycling. Not only were they made aware of the changes, but they made posters depicting what can and cannot be recycled now. Those posters went home to families so they could post them by their recycle bin. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

Malabon begins cafeteria composting!

All Malabon students are learning how to compost their food in the cafeteria! All of their uneaten food goes into the green, Love Food, Not Waste bin, to be made into compost later. All other items go in the garbage. Students have been trained by their teachers and are continuing to help one another out in the cafeteria as well. Hats off to Malabon students and staff for taking on this valuable project!

Carton to Garden Contest

MartinFor more info regarding this contest, go here:
Carton2garden contest
Spring 2018 Contest

Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.

The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

We can’t wait to see your students’ creations—carton planters, garden art, scarecrows, window boxes, irrigation systems… The more creative, the better!

Important dates:
  • Beginning of School > Start collecting your cartons
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 > Entries due
  • Friday, May 4, 2018 > Winners announced


Get started on the right foot. Assign a classroom, teacher, or student team to be in charge of the project and start gathering cartons (suggestions: an art class, a home room, etc.). Have students draw up sketches of their ideas, then vote as a group on which one to make. Collect at least 100 cartons to use in your garden creation. Then gather materials, assign tasks, make it, nurture it and enjoy a growing learning experience together!

Fourteen (14) schools with the most unique carton creations will be selected on Friday, May 4, 2018 to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize, valued at $5,000. Three (3) schools will win Specialty prizes (STEM, Sustainability, and Heath & Nutrition), valued at $2,500. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000. All schools that submit a completed entry form will receive a copy of Steps to a Bountiful Kids Garden book