Recycle Right With Milk Program | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

What is the Recycle Right with Milk Program?

Recycle Right with Milk is an inclusive program that supports the healthy habit of drinking milk at lunch. Recycle Right with Milk also aims to:

  • Increase environmental awareness by helping kids learn to recycle beverage containers to reduce contamination of recyclables.
  • Encourage participation in recycling initiatives by providing opportunities for students to get practical experience demonstrating what they have learned.

If your school has milk available for students at least 3 times a week, we want to help your school community celebrate health, nutrition and the environment.

How the program works

The Recycle Right with Milk pilot program encourages students to work together to recycle right:

  • The school will continue to remain responsible for ordering and distributing milk.
  • Students will collect recyclable beverage containers at the end of lunch hour and deliver them to the school recycling station.
  • Moo Crew student volunteers will empty any leftover liquids and place the containers in the appropriate bin. They will also be tracking the school’s recycling efforts (and success!)
  • The Milk Coordinator will be asked to submit the school’s monthly recycling data to determine the school’s recycling success.

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Benefits of the Recycle Right with Milk Program

We know Manitoba schools value a community where all students are included, and this program can help you do that. Recycle Right with Milk gives all students the same opportunity to participate in various tasks, classroom activities and more.

  • Free educational materials
  • Pour station and recycle bin
  • Access to School-wide Milk Day Award
  • Support from the Recycle Right with Milk Program staff
  • Pour station and recycle bin

Milk at lunch helps provide the energy and nutrition students need to perform their best at school. Children who consume milk at lunch are more likely to meet their bone-building nutritional needs.

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Did You Know?

  • The Recycle Right with Milk Program (formerly the School Milk Program) has been supporting nutrition in schools for over 35 years.
  • Funding for the program is provided by Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and supported by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
  • There are approximately 200 schools in Manitoba currently on the Program.
  • Thousands of Manitoba students benefit from the Program and enjoy cold, fresh, nutritious milk at school.
  • Milk Coordinators are teachers, principals & vice principals, office staff, education assistants, lunch program & cafeteria managers, and volunteers.


Registration begins in May and is available until December of the same year. All schools are encouraged to register before the beginning of the school year as this will ensure your Recycle Right with Milk materials arrive in October.

**All schools** are required to renew their registration EACH year.