Hawthorne Elementary School

Year Round Collections

Hawthorne School Collects These Items Year-Round!

Hawthorne helps the environment by sending packaging waste to recycling locations instead of landfills! We have kept tens of thousands of ‘non-recyclables’ out of landfills in 4 years and earned over $1,000 in cash/charitable donations from Terracycle.


Our labeled recycling bins, unless otherwise notes, are near the lost and found, across from the office. Please put any items in the appropriate bin. Empty out crumbs at home please! Thanks!



Beauty Product Packaging

Hair care: shampoo/conditioner bottles/caps, hair gel or paste tubes/caps, hair spray bottles, triggers

Skin care: lip balm tubes, face/body soap and lotion dispensers/bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans).

Cosmetics: lipstick, eyeliner, powder, eye shadow cases, mascara tubes, foundation packaging/bottles, lip/eyeliner pencils, concealer tubes/sticks

Cereal Bags

Empty plastic cereal bags and box liners. Empty them out at home and recycle them at Hawthorne!

Granola Bar Foil-lined Wrappers

Foil-lined wrappers from energy bars, granola bars, and other bars. This container will be in lunchroom.

Oral Care

Toothpaste tubes and caps,toothbrushes, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers

Air Fresheners

Air freshener cartridges, plugs, packaging, flexible film packaging, trigger heads, and aerosol containers

Dried-out Markers

Any type of used markers are sent to Crayola who uses a “unique technology” to create a usable fuel.

Used Printer Cartridges

Any type of ink jet

Bread Tags

Square clips used to seal bags of bread, bagels, produce. This container will be in the library

Unused Keys

SCARCE takes all metal keys to a scrap metal recycler, so clean out your drawers & bring in unused keys.


Used corks from wine bottles (not plastic but cork ones only) This container will be in the library.