Schools: Take Action! by Rebecca Mayer

Dear American Schools:

Start right away – educate students about the impacts of consumption on our waste stream.

Monday, April 2, is the final day to register for the Green Cup Recycle Challenge, a program aimed at improving school recycling rates, education and celebrating waste reduction efforts!

Join the healthy competition today.  Also, parents and anyone involved with a local school: read the bonus suggestions from the Green School Alliance and encourage your area school to implement some of these today.

Audit: Waste Stream

Audit: Paper Stream

Audit: Recycling and Trash Bins — Ensure easy compliance by making containers available throughout school for paper, bottles/cans, and trash.

Bottled Water Ban

Compost Non-dining Materials — Compost landscaping waste or recycle into mulch for use on campus.

Compost Dining Materials — Work with dining services to increase the amount of cafeteria compost

Disposable Utensil, Cup & Plate Reduction — Discourage disposables whenever possible. Ensure dining supplies are made from recycled and/or compostable materials when there is no alternative.

EPA Guidelines — Follow EPA waste, recycling and pollution prevention guidelines, Hazardous Materials Management for science labs, maintenance, transportation, etc.

Purchase Recycled — Paper, hand towels, tissues, toilet paper with % post-consumer waste

Purchase Locally Sourced Materials

Two-Sided Copying — Implement double-sided copying policy

Printing Defaults — Set school printers to automatically print double sided Policy for Paperless Communications

Recycle Construction Material — Divert non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from landfills.

Recycling Drive Programs — Participate in ink-cartridge, battery, cell phone, clothing, and other drives

Recycle Electronic Waste — Batteries, cell phones, computers, ink-cartridges, etc.

Provide Reusable Bottles, Mugs, Plates and Utensils

School-wide Waste Management Policy — Establish a waste and recycling policy supported by the head of school or school district and all administrators that engages students and all members of the school community to help monitor and solve waste issues in class and on campus. Set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, targets and timely goals to reduce and eliminate landfill waste and increase recycling

Signage Campaign — Create a campus-wide culture of 4r’s Reduce-Reuse-Recycle—Rethink. Educate students, faculty and staff about recycling and sustainability.

Waste Diversion Rate % — Calculate overall waste diversion rate!

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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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One Response to Schools: Take Action! by Rebecca Mayer

  1. Karen says:

    So grateful for this! I’m working with a group of kids that has just begun a recycling program at our school. We have lots of great events planned for earth week and the kids are so excited about recycling in the cafeteria and classrooms. Hoping we can include a screening of the film Bag It, but still need to contact about a discounted rate for rental fee.

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