Encompassing over 36.6 square miles in Polk and Dallas Counties, Iowa, the West Des Moines Community School District (WDSD) consists of ten elementary schools, two junior high schools, a 9th grade school, a high school, and an alternative high school, with a student population of 8,600 and 1,200 staff. A Request for Proposal for RM services was issued in October 2002 and WDSD awarded the business to a team of a local waste hauler, Artistic Waste Services, Inc. and a consulting company, EnviroConn Consulting in December 2002. A 3-year RM contract wasn't formally signed until December 2003. The contract scope is for all waste and recyclables. Within the first year, WDSD credits RM for raising the awareness of students and teachers on source reduction and recycling, and for institutionalizing a school district-wide recycling program.