We understand the importance of educating the next generation about the value of recycling and sustainability. That’s why we support a number of environmental education initiatives in partnership with schools and organizations near our facilities:


  • In McMinnville, Oregon, we support organizations that include the Yamhill County Livestock Association in support of 4-H students, the McMinnville High School robotics team, and local trade school scholarships. Between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2020, we made donations to the Chemeketa Community College Foundation.
  • Schnitzer supports and serves on the board of the Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation, which provides an outlet for local youth to learn maritime skills, leadership, and environmental awareness. We donated to the Foundation between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2020. We also partner with Citizens for a Healthy Bay on cleanups, patrols, and programs, and sponsor the organization’s annual gala.
  • Schnitzer is an annual supporter of Civicorps’ Academic & Professional Pathway Program and sponsor of Civicorps’ High School Diploma Graduation for Resilient Young Adults. Between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2020, we’ve sponsored scholarships for students. Civicorps is a charter school located directly across from our Oakland facility and has a recycling program at the school.


  • In Everett, Massachusetts, we support a local high school’s mentorship program, including offering mock employment interviews.


  • The General Manager of our Macon, Georgia, metals facility advised the LEGO Robotics Club at Alexander II Magnet School. He helped guide the team in building a recycling robot that earned first place in a local competition.
  • A cashier at the Atlanta metals facility organized a back-to-school supply drive and block party for children in a disadvantaged neighborhood near Atlanta. At the event, students received backpacks and other supplies they needed for a successful school year.
  • Each location in our Southeast region has “adopted” a nearby school, where Schnitzer employees collect and distribute school supplies, read to classes, organize mentoring projects, make career day presentations, and more, depending on where a school indicates the most need. For example, at an elementary school in Attalla, Alabama, we have focused on donating back-to-school supplies for kindergarten classrooms.
  • “Our new relationship with Attalla Elementary is quite rewarding to me personally and professionally, and makes me proud to be associated with a company that does care about serving the community. Our success is built on the trust and confidence of local industries and individuals, and it is our honor to be involved in efforts like these.”

    Johnny Cross
    Commercial Operations Manager Schnitzer Southeast


  • Our Kapolei, Hawaii, metals recycling yard continues to support Aloha Aina Recycling Drives in partnership with the Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation, a non- profit specializing in community-based recycling and education programs. Schnitzer donates all proceeds from the drives to local schools, which are used to purchase much-needed classroom supplies.
  • The Fishing for Energy program launched in 2008 as a partnership between Schnitzer, Covanta, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. It provides a way for the fishing industry to safely and sustainably dispose of old and unusable fishing gear, which helps keep gear out of waterways where it can harm the environment. To date, the program has supported the collection of more than 4 million pounds of gear across 12 U.S. states. At Schnitzer’s Hawaii metals facility, metals are extracted from fishing gear, and fishing nets are shredded into pieces suitable for combustion. The net material is then converted to energy at a Covanta waste-to-energy facility. Schnitzer provides this service free of charge.