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Start a Recycling Program at Your School
Starting a recycling program at your school is an awesome way to help our planet, but
also a lot of work! It will be very important follow through on tasks, work closely with
teachers, administration, and maintenance staff, and have a solid plan for how you
will implement the program and keep it going.
You will need to get permission from your principal and superintendent to start a
recycling program. We were lucky to have a superintendent who is very enthusiastic
about ‘going green’ and gave us his full support.
After you get the OK from administration, you will need to figure out how many
recycling bins you need for your school. We ordered around 40 bins for classrooms,
offices, and spaces used by students (like the gym and cafeteria). Make sure you also
plan to buy big outdoor recycling cans. We were able to order our indoor bins from
the company that picked up our garbage. Check with your waste hauler first, and if
they don’t have bins available, try calling your city recycling office, or just buy some
sturdy bins from a local hardware store!
There will be a lot of details to figure out with a recycling program, like how to
educate everyone about what can be recycled, or how the bins will be emptied. Try
to have meetings at least twice a month to keep up with everything. Make it fun, and don’t forget to emphasize to teachers
and students that when they recycle, they are helping our planet.
Tips and Things to Remember
- You will need some money to get the project started! We only had to spend
$200 to get enough bins for our school. Try having a fundraiser, like a car wash
or a spaghetti dinner, to get the money you need for recycling bins. Make sure
you tell people what you are raising money for!
- Education is important! Talk to your principal about presenting at a staff
meeting. Make posters and flyers to show what can and cannot be recycled.
Write announcements for the students so they know about it, too. If you find a
soda can in the garbage, don’t get discouraged! Make an announcement about
it the next day so everyone can learn from it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There is no way one person can start
something as big as a school-wide recycling program. Find some friends and
see how they can contribute. It would also be very helpful to have a teacher
who can support you.
- Celebrate your success! Have a celebration and invite parents and the
community. Students can write speeches and songs about helping the planet.
Share the difference you have made with people you care about.