Community School is a pre-K through 12th grade independent school nestled in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. A year ago the school set a goal of achieving zero waste and started searching for solutions to make recycling and composting as easy or easier than throwing waste into the landfill. Our trash analysis showed that approximately 85% of our waste could be recycled or composted. Our challenge was getting our students to make the effort to sort their garbage. We knew education was part of it, but also realized we needed to improve our system; if it was easier to toss waste in the receptacle going to the landfill, we were never going to achieve our goal.

Looking at Busch Systems website and talking to the helpful employees, we knew we had the answers we needed. From small trash cans with the a customized landfill label sitting on every recycling bin to clearly labeled, kid friendly bottle/can recycling bins for our elementary school to stackable bins that fit neatly next to existing trash cans in our eating areas, we found solutions to all our recycling needs. Students are not only excited by the convenience of our new system, they are recycling more!

It seems like every time our school looks to improve our recycling, Busch has the right answer. Students in our fledgling boarding program recognized the need for improved recycling in their rooms. It didn’t take long for them to find the perfect solution to meet both their space constraints and recycling needs. Besides a wide range of well designed products, everyone at Busch has been friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and extremely responsive to our school’s requests. They have been a pleasure to do business with.



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Scott Runkel
Sustainability Coordinator/Teacher
Community School
PO Box 2118
Sun Valley, ID 83333