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Posted on: September 23, 2022

SCSWA Returns to Classrooms

SCSWA Returns to Classrooms

Caption: The enthusiasm for recycling was high at Jornada Elementary School. SCSWA is offering free educational presentations for any classroom.

Almost 100 first-grade students at Jornada Elementary School took time to learn the importance of recycling and how to recycle right with the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) on September 14.

Abigail Oliver, Jornada’s first-grade teacher, reached out to schedule an educational presentation on recycling for her students, which quickly expanded to several other classrooms at her school. SCSWA’s new Recycle Education Coordinator, Brandi Misquez, was eager to bring recycling education out of a hiatus due to COVID and back in front of children.

“The purpose of the presentation was to bring awareness about why recycling is important and how to recycle correctly at their school and home,” said Misquez. “Preventing contamination in recycling bins was a hot topic with the first graders, and they were excited to show their knowledge, like how pizza boxes don’t go in the blue bin because of all the grease.”

One of the top goals of SCSWA, and now a mission for Misquez, is having the community reflect on their recycling before throwing an item away.

“We want it to be top of mind for people to know they have an impact on conserving natural resources for a sustainable future,” said Misquez. “The knowledge these young students had was so encouraging. The seed of recycling has been planted in them, and we just need to cultivate and expand on what they are excited to do at home and in the community.”

Kids throughout Las Cruces already see recycling in action in their schools. In 2010, SCSWA and Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) started the School Recycling Program with six pilot schools. Today, all LCPS schools are included, and each has its own blue recycling dumpster and is serviced at least once weekly.

Misquez said, “As adults, we can help and encourage the next generation to make a true difference. For our kids, they can help remind us why we want to recycle and show us how it’s done.”

If your school is interested in holding recycling presentations, please contact Brandi Misquez at [email protected] or (575) 528-3587.

South Central Solid Waste Authority manages solid waste and recyclables for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County. Contact SCSWA at (575) 528-3800 or visit

By: Cassie McClure

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