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Recycling Education


West Valley Collection & Recycling delivers all of the recyclables we collect from Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) located in San Jose.

The technology at our state of the art MRF enables us to efficiently sort your mixed recyclable materials; this reduces the amount of sorting you have to do. A system of conveyor belts, screens, electromagnets and blasts of air separate paper from plastics, glass and other materials. Sorted bales and bins of materials are then taken to processing facilities before being sold to make new products.

The process of sorting your recyclables at our MRF is partially automated; employees do handle much of the material. Please remember do not put any hazardous or bathroom waste in your recycling cart, this includes hypodermic needles and diapers.

School Outreach Program

As another new school year gets underway, WVC&R encourages the community to share the importance of recycling with children.

WVC&R offers classroom presentations to educate on the benefits of recycling, reducing, and reusing materials. The presentations are geared to the schools in Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga and provide information on how to properly participate in the recycling program, how the materials we collect are processed and recycled and why it is important for the community to participate in the recycling program.

WVC&R feels that educating our children today on environmental issues and concerns in a creative and interactive setting will create a group of inspired, environmentally aware adults for the future.

For more information on our school outreach program, please contact Outreach Coordinator Kristine Dungo at 408-497-9110 or at

School Contests

WVC&R holds several contests for the schools in the Cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the Town of Los Gatos to engage the creativity of the young students in our communities. The winning entries will be posted on our website.

Drawing Contest Fall 2014
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Go Green Schools Environmental Conference 2015

The Go Green Schools Environmental Conference will be held on March 14, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose. The conference is a one-day learning and networking event for the schools of Santa Clara County. Administrators, facilities staff, parents, students, teachers, and volunteers are welcome to the event.

Information on presenters and exhibitors, the Green Star Award application, and registration coming soon!

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Resources for Students and Teachers:

· Activities and Games

o Roscoe’s Recycle Room

o Recycle City

o Recycle Roundup

o Recycle This!

o Science Kids – Recycling

· Arts and Crafts


o Kinder ART

· Books (Coming Soon!)

· Links

o CalRecycle – Education and the Environment Initiative

o Earth 911

o Environmental Protection Agency - Education

o Keep America Beautiful – Waste in Place

o RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching)

o Santa Clara County – Integrated Waste Management

o Trash Sources & Pathways Visualized by SCVURPPP (Poster)

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