Education Letter

Small Planet School Education Program

For over a decade the District’s Small Planet School Education Program has provided thousands of local students- preschool to postgraduate- education and related experiences on the topic of the “4Rs”. From tours, assemblies, service learning, and support of environmental stewardship programs on campuses, the District has raised awareness and inspired thousands of students to “Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.

MRWMD Tours & Presentations

Tours can be scheduled for student groups Monday through Friday throughout the year. The District provides the educational tours at no cost, and can provide small bus grants to offset the cost of transportation for student groups attending school within the District’s jurisdictions.

Based upon availability, MRWMD can also provide “3R” school presentations and hands on workshops designed for students k- 5th grades, in small classroom groups. Presentations can be adapted for 6th -12th grades, and for larger groups via grade level or assembly style presentations.

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“Waste Free” Schools

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACalifornia’s 10,000 plus public schools are one of the largest generators of “waste” in the state, and waste characterizations studies have shown that approximately 95% of what is thrown away is recyclable and compostable material. MRWMD supports school and district wide waste reduction and recycling efforts to assist in greater diversion of these materials.

Working with school and/or district staff, franchise hauler and students, MRWMD can provide or assist with the coordination of:

  • Technical assistance/ waste audits (coordinated with the franchise hauler)
  • Education (Staff and student volunteer education & training)
  • Assistance with coordination of program implementation
  • Infrastructure (when available recycle containers, signage, compost bin donation, etc.)
  • Special School Event Recycling (Donation or loan of collection containers)

Service Learning: Students learn by doing

SEASIDE HS RECYCLINGMRWMD supports student learning through service via campus green teams, environmental clubs, and local college and university service learning programs.

  • The District can assist with student volunteer education and training for waste reduction, recycling and compost projects. 
  • College and university students can consider completing their service learning requirement with the District.

Interested students should be referred by their schools’ service learning program and should contact the MRWMD Public Educaiton Coordinator at





California Gold: Why Recycle?

School Recycling: What’s Recyclable?


Student Tour Request Form

Bus Grant Form

Special Event Recycle Bin Request

Student School Waste Audit Tools

2015 Eco-Literacy Student Newspaper


Educational and School Waste Reduction Resources

CalRecycle’s services for educators, districts and school facilities

CREEC Network is a “one stop shop” for environmental education resources in California

Green School Initiatives

Contact Haulers for your School’s Waste & Recycling Collection Services

Waste Management Inc. – / 831-384-5000

Monterey City Disposal / (831) 372-7977

Republic Services / (831) 775-3840

*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur