Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


A lack of implementation of recycling and composting in Monterey County Elementary schools has generated massive amounts of waste. Waste generated within the school system has contributed to the persisting problem of landfills being overflowed. A study was done to examine the level of importance that schools placed on recycling and composting programs as part of their educational curriculum. Thirty students in the fourth grade and 30 students in the fifth grade were surveyed in order to determine how informed they were about the importance of recycling and composting. Two Cafeteria staff members and two teachers were interviewed to determine what resources, if any, are needed to implement a successful recycling and composting program. A school was observed to determine the level of waste produced that would be saved from going to landfills by implementing recycling and composting programs. It was determined that students lack the education needed to successfully recycle and compost. Based on the results, the researcher was able to provide recommendations to the school officials on how to implement a successful recycling and composting program.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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