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Ecological studies have repeatedly demonstrated the intertwined nature of all elements of the ecosystem. A basic ecological principle simply states—“You can’t do just one thing.” So when we dispose of materials we are likely to do more than just dispose of the materials. When considering the disposal of any material (school or elsewhere) our goal must be to minimize the environmental impact of the disposal, i.e., come as close to doing “one thing” as possible. Common sense, a knowledge of the material, and a familiarity with local disposal regulations, procedures and policies must prevail. The general guidelines provided here are only intended to stimulate clear thinking about how to minimize the effects on the environment as we recycle earth’s materials.