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CF Schools C.A.R.E. is an educational recycling program with the goal of diverting waste from going to the landfill.

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Cedar Falls Community School District is making a commitment to collect food waste in all school cafeterias.


Students, faculty, and staff can make a positive, lasting impact on the environment when they get involved with CF Schools C.A.R.E..

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CF Schools C.A.R.E. is an educational recycling program at Holmes Jr. High and Hansen Elementary. We provide resources for students, teachers, and staff to get students involved in recycling and composting efforts in their community.

We offer a wide variety of resources for individual students and classroom efforts. See our resource page for more information!

About Us

We are a Educational
Recycling Program

After learning about the pressing threats of climate change and pollution in the world during her eighth grade Earth Science class, Cedar Falls student Maya Mallavarapu became inspired to create change and contribute to society with efforts to fight against environmental pollution.

After a year of great success, Holmes Helps saved about 100 pounds of plastic and about 3000 lbs. of food waste from entering the landfill by educating students on how to sort items left on their lunch trays.

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Orchard Hill updates!

SS members got the chance to hold various lessons with kids from preschool to fifth grade, showing them how to...
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Aldrich Garden Updates

It's another hot day but best of all, its another fun day to get updates on CF Schools gardens! Aldrich...
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Holmes Cleanup is a success!

Earth Week has kicked off to a great start, thanks to the 50+ group of students that came out and...
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Love gardens? You’ll love this!

It's now been a month since the Spring season started and it looks like finally warmer weather is upon us! This is...
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Sustainability efforts and updates at Cedar Falls Community School District

Cedar Falls Community School District continues to make progress when it comes to sustainability! Their desire to implement sustainable practices...
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Cedar Falls School District Launches Informative Recycling Website

Cedar Falls School District Launches Informative Recycling Website, Sets Recycling Goals for Academic Year CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – After a...
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Food Waste Reduction at Holmes Junior High – Case Study

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center highlighted Holmes Junior High and the composting and recycling initiative in a case study for...
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Holmes Junior High School was recognized for composting and recycling efforts

Holmes Junior High School was recognized for their composting and recycling efforts. The school was awarded the Sylvan Runkel Award...
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