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Our school has a fantastic! source of supportive programs for recycling. Great to see more people out there doing there part.
Our school has a fantastic source of supportive based programs for recycling. Good to see more people out there are doing there part.
As an educational institution, every School should recycle, whether it is batteries, plastic bag recycling, paper or any kind of waste management. This should be implemented in every school policy.
Our school has a school-wide recycling program also, but I love that we announce how much money our school received due to their efforts in recycling. This is usually announced on our morning announcements each month. This is almost an "instant" for the kids...and - since we live in a world of instants - it really gets them motivated to recycle!
I agree, we need to go a step beyond. The school I work in has recycling bins but they are rarely emptied and oftentimes I see recyclable items in the trash. All day long I see waste, waste, and more waste. Students rip new fresh paper and through it around the room or use it as a basketball. Paper is never reused and food waste is incredible. I just think that recycling paper and plastic is the very very basic that any school should do.. there is so much more!
I have helped coordinate school recycling at two of my children's schools. We are very fortunate in Hamilton County, Ohio to have assistance from our Solid Waste District for resources and educational information to get recycling going. The key to starting and maintaining school recycling is involving everyone in the process. The janitorial staff does not have to bear the burden and cause objection if each classroom manages their own recyclables. Cardboard boxes work fine, you don't need fancy bins. Students are more than willing to help out, then the adults can't refuse. Don't give up!
Our school utilizes a "Green Team" of 45 students to collect all paper and cardboard from our school. To date, we have recyclyed 62 tons of paper from our school and community. The Green Team has learned the benefits of recycling and keeping our community clean. I only wish everyone had the enthusiasm to recycle as much as this group of kids!
This year, we have a designated committee of administrators: Green Team/Gang Green who will look into recycling paper and cardboard, with students helping. It is complicated because refuse pick-up is contracted out for the year in most schools, other issues include insurance, unions, red tape (let's hope the red tape is recycleable!). To do it right, all these concerns have to be addressed without adverse effects on anyone, if it is be a permanent district-wide policy, which is the main goal. We are all excited about this and hope to have it in place before the school year ends.
This is the second school I have worked in which did not have a recycling program in place. I have run an Environmental Club at both schools and we got a program up and running. However, I think all schools should have a recycling plan in place. How can we expect our students to take responsibility for our earth when their school is creating tons of waste and not recycling anything? It is hard to change adults' habits, but if we get our children recycling and understanding the importance of protecting our planet we will be making a huge difference. It should be a law that schools recycle, and it shouldn't be the students collecting recyclables and putting it out by the curb. It should all be part of school maintenance.
I and our students recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans that they find on campus or after they used up all their water from their bottle that they buy from us. We sell H2O bottles for $ .50 and use the money as a PE Fundraiser. We purchase more H2O with that money. Kids recycle and get a Way-To-Be slip for each bottle/can. The slips go into a container for raffle prizes each month. They stay hydrated and have a chance to be a BIG winner.