Green Team

Green Team’s Fund Raiser


The Green Team is selling kitchen garbage bags.  These are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 18-gallon size white bags.  A roll of 60 bags is only $10.  They can be purchased before or after school from Mrs. Krueger.  We have many in stock so they are available when purchased.  Thank you for supporting Highlands Green Team!

Paper Gator

PaperGatorFeed the Gator! The paper gator is located in the East Lot at Highlands.  The paper gator is hungry!  We need to fill it with office paper, newspaper, magazines, etc.  We don’t only make an impact in our environment but we also get some money for school programs.  Help us Feed the Gator.



Highland’s Green Team


Highlands Middle School list of items we accept

MARCH 2016

Our goal is to recycle items that are difficult to recycle that many recycling centers do not accept.  We are NOT a full service recycling center.  Please only bring items that are on this list.  DO e-mail me with questions as I might be able to help with your recycling questions.

*Beauty Products (makeup, deodorant, shampoo, etc)
*Brita/Pur Filters
*Cereal Bags
*Chip/Snack Bags (pretzels, crackers, etc)

*Cleaning items (sprayer nozzles, soft cleaning packages)

*E-Waste: cell phones, printer cartridges
*Drink Pouches (Capri Sun, etc)

*GU Energy Lab packages (*NEW)
*GoGo SqueeZ and Baby Food Pouches
*Granola Bar wrappers (includes energy bar and other foil lined wrappers)
*Number 6 plastic cups (like SOLO)
*Pens, Markers, Highlighters, Mechanical Pencils, AND PENCILS

*Pet food packages (ONLY from Wellness, Open Farms, OR        Earthborn Holistic)  *(NEW)
*Pop Tart Wrappers
*Tape (dispensers and rings)
*Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, mouthwash containers, floss    containers
*Ziploc/sandwich bags/ GLAD-type plastic containers AND plastic film (like Saran Wrap).

Styrofoam  (must be cleaned and free of food.)

Highlands Green Team is also selling 18-gallon kitchen garbage bags made from 100% recycled plastic (of course).  60 bags for $10.00!  Just email me for details and I can also show you an example.  We have these in stock!

Feel free to email me at with any questions you might have. 

Check us out on Facebook: 

Highlands Green Team

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Items to recycle are a resource..not trash.

Items should be free of food and dry.

 Thank you,

Dana Krueger

Highlands Green Team

Please note:  Cheese, yogurt, lunchables, candy wrappers, shoes, and coffee bags are no longer being accepted at this time.


 Highlands Middle School has TWO

recycling competitions this school year.

Pepsic Recycle Program logo

We are accepting any plastic with the number 1 inside the recycle triangle. Plastic needs to be clean and bottles emptied. Caps on are ok.

Examples: water bottles, Gatorade, fresh fruit containers, cupcake/cake/cookie containers (clear plastic).

The first competition is the Recycle Rally sponsored by Pepsi Co.  We are collecting plastic #1.    This competition ends May 30.


The second competition is the soft plastic challenge sponsored by Trex.  Only the following soft plastics are accepted in this competition:  store bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, plastic around toilet paper/paper towels, bread/hotdog/hamburger bags, potato, carrot, celery and apple bags, and fresh produce bags.  Bags must be clean and dry.  Please note….. any bag that contained frozen meat is NOT recyclable. Lettuce bags are NOT recyclable.  This competition ends April 20.

Contact Mrs. Krueger for information about when and where to bring items to recycle.  616-361-3440 or


Be a Part of the Green Team

highlandsgreenteam4.15Would you like to be part of a group of students helping Highlands be more green? Highlands’ Green Team is finding ways that our school can recycle and reuse our materials. Our goal is to recycle items that are difficult to recycle that many recycling centers do not accept.  We are NOT a full service recycling center.  Please only bring items on this list.  Please email with questions (