SWAC's membership with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) entitles schools to access services available through NRRA's School Club. Information on the School Club can be found at:  http://www.schoolrecycling.net/.  You will find information about recycling, composting, lesson plans, activities, newsletters, fundraising, and many other useful tools for your school.

In addition, the CLUB offers Workshops and Technical Assistance Trainings that schools may purchase for their students.  Your school will receive a reduced price on services courtesy of the SWAC membership.  You can email questions to The Club at theclub@nrra.net.

SCChemistry LabHOOL SCIENCE LAB ASSISTANCE - The Vermont School Science Lab Safety Team (VSSLST) was established to help schools reduce their risk by helping them to work towards better chemical management and overall science lab safety. VSSLST is a group of individuals from the VT Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Assistance Office, the VT Department of Health, the VT Department of Public Safety, VT School Boards Insurance Trust, VOSHA and the VT Agency of Education.

Environmental Assistance office (EAO)


Science and art chemicals can be dangerous. They need to be stored and disposed of correctly to protect everyone’s safety.

As chemicals age, they can become more hazardous. Storing excess or unknown chemicals poses an additional risk.

EAO can come to your school to assist you with your chemical inventorystorage and disposalgeneral safety in the lab and Chemical Hygiene Plan at NO COST. The school only needs to pay for the cost of disposing of unwanted materials.

For assistance or to schedule a time for us to come to your school, email EAO at lynn.metcalf@vermont.gov.

 School Hazardous Waste Assistance - Envision- Environmental Health for Schools http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/Act125.aspx

SHARING TABLES -  is  an effort to reduce the amount of wasted food and encourage the consumption of food served at schools. Children can place unconsumed food and beverage items they choose not to eat or drink on the table. This provides other children the opportunity to take additional helpings of food or beverages at no extra cost. Use these guidelines to help your school start a sharing table program. The Vermont Department of Health can help you plan your program.  Read more about SharingTables_FactSheet_final

  • If you know of composters (from facilities, schools, businesses, community sites, etc.) that could use some technical assistance beyond what you provide, they can contact Compost Technical Services for free assistance (ANR/DEC funds this). Assistance includes everything from initial site planning and assessment to permitting support, custom management plans, and systems design. To learn more, contact James McSweeney at 802-224-6888 or james@composttechnicalservices.com.

Universal Recycling Guidance for Schools

1. School Recycling Guide

2. School Recycling Score Card

3.  Agency of Natural Resources Universal Recycling Assistance for Schools.