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Green Team

Jerabek Green TeamThe Jerabek Green Team takes care of our earth and the environment and we include all Jerabek students and families. Join us all year for activities, drives, and reminders to help protect our earth. The Green Team helps our students (and families) learn about recycling and makee it part of their daily routine.

Trash-Less Tuesdays

Remember, every Tuesday is Trash-Less Tuesday! Bring your snacks and lunches in re-usable containers. Our goal is to make every day trash-less. Join us all year for activities, drives, and reminders to help protect our earth.

Waste-Free Lunch

It has been estimated that on average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school. While Jerabek recycles what it can, we encourage parents and guardians to send a waste-free snack and lunch with your child. Along with helping the environment, you can save hundreds of dollars per year by being able to re-use containers and buying in bulk.

Waste-Free Lunch and Snack Ideas

  • Get children to help pack their snacks and lunches with healthy foods.Pack only as much food as your child will eat; encourage them to bring home any leftovers.
  • Use a reusable lunch bag/box for carrying lunches and snacks.
  • Use a refillable bottle for drinks. It's cheaper and children can save drinks for later. If you choose to use a single-serving container, please make sure it is recyclable. Put sandwiches, muffins, yogurt, and other items in reusable containers instead of disposable, plastic bags.
  • Label all containers with your child's name so they have a better chance of coming home.
  • Avoid pre-packaged, single-serving snacks.
  • Put reusable silverware (plastic or stainless steel) and napkins in your child's lunch box.
  • Leftovers from dinner can make great lunches.
  • Minimize the morning rush by packing lunches the night before and refrigerating overnight.

Check out www.wastefreelunches.org and www.wastefreelunch.com for more great ideas.


Jerabek is set up to recycle many different items. Below are a list of what we presently support.

Terracycle: Currently, Jerabek is collecting the following items to ship to Terracycle. The school receives $0.01 - $0.02 per item. The following are collected in classrooms:

  • Used markers (including permanent and water-based markers, highlighters);
  • Empty glue sticks and glue bottles;
  • Empty tape dispensers, including the plastic center cores
  • Ink jet/toner cartridges (we receive $0.35 - $0.50 each)

Empty chip bags are collected in the cafeteria.

Please consider collecting these items at home as well and sending them in with your child, or sign with for Terracycle for home pickup. Visit the Terracycle website for more information.

Bottles and Cans: We have bins in the cafeteria and around campus specifically for bottles and cans so Jerabek can collect the CRV refunds.

Blue Recycle Bins: There are blue recycle bins in the cafeteria and around campus that collect all other recyclable items that are supported by the San Diego Unified School District.

Textile Recycling

Jerabek has partnered with 7th Generation Recycling, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and supporting our local community. Approximately 8 percent of U.S. landfills are made up of un-recovered textiles. These textiles are close to 100 percent recyclable.

The on-campus recycling bin is outside of the campus fence, available any time. It's located near the teacher parking lot and music room, outside of the school’s garden club.

Acceptable recyclables include: Any used clothing item and household textile such as pants, dresses, hats, shirts, drapes, curtains, blankets, towels, sheets, handbags, belts, and paired shoes. Stuffed Animals also acceptable.

What’s not accepted: Material that is wet or mildewed from any liquid is not acceptable. Rubber, plastic toys, carpets, floor mats are not acceptable. Remember, the hard plastic toys can now be placed in our recycle bins at home.

7th Generation collects these items from our bin, sorts and grades them according to type and quality. Some of the items go to local thrift shops; others are exported to third world nations in need of affordable, recycled clothing; some is sold as cleaning cloths; and some are converted into fiber to be remade into recycled textile products.

Visit the 7th Generation Recycling website for more information.