OUSD Zero Waste Initiative

In partnership with the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) became the first school district in the Nation to commit to the goal of Zero Waste! Through the adoption of the OUSD Zero Waste Resolution in 2014, OUSD is working to reach a goal of 75% recycling rate by 2020. To assist them in reaching this goal, this City is systematically and strategically implementing their program to educate and instill zero waste behaviors in all students and staff. The City also provides the necessary infrastructure to capture the maximum amount of recycling at each campus, including recycling bins and educational materials. By the end of the 2016/17 school year, the OUSD Zero Waste Initiative will have reached 13 of OUSD's 23 schools, saving the district nearly $100,000 in avoided landfill servicing fees. Through collaboration with OUSD District Administration, the City will implement Zero Waste at all school throughout the district by 2020.

Throughout the semester-long implementation process of getting on the Road to Zero Waste, City staff measures the amount waste generated by the participating campus and then educates the entire school community on how to reduce their waste and recycle as much as they can. Once a school has fully implemented the program their recycling rate usually soars from on average 10% to 70%.

Watch the video of Oceanside High School students learning about the effects of litter on our waterways as they clean up the San Luis Rey River...on paddleboards!

If you have any questions, please contact the City's Zero Waste Team at oceansiderecycles@oceansideca.org.