Each time you see your schoolmate or teacher discard a recyclable bottle, can, or printer paper, do you just cringe and gnash your teeth in anger, or should you actually be doing something else?
You can do something to prevent this scene from happening again, by initiating a recycling program in your own school. While the activity may take some time and a lot of work, it should be worth your time and effort. Here are some tips for starting a recycling program in your school.
Organize A Team, And Determine How Much Trash Your School Disposes
A nice way for starting a recycling program in your school is to first organize a team, which may consist of students, teachers, administrators and other school staff. You may also need to sell your program to the school administration, so be ready to state your facts and prepare your arguments for it. Second, determine the volume of trash your school produces each day.
To do this, ask your friends or classmates to collect cans, bottles or used paper from other students, and monitor how much is thrown into the garbage bins during class. This information will help you to gather concrete evidence once you present your idea to the school administration.
Find a Recycling Company or Facility To Help Handle The Recycling
Once your recycling program is approved by your school administrator, find a company or facility that will help handle your recycling output. Get a phone book, and check out the recycling companies in your area, or talk to the solid waste management or recycling coordinator in your local government. Some towns and cities help provide recycling bins and other containers or drop-off areas, which the recycling company will collect at a certain time.
However, if your town can’t help you, you may also start a fund-raising campaign to purchase recycling bins and other collection containers. What can be recycled in your school will depend on which types of materials or items are actually discarded away. The easiest and commonly-recycled materials include aluminum, paper, clothes, printer cartridges, printer paper, glass bottles and more.
Once you’re ready to begin, spread the word about your school’s recycling program. You may post attractive, eye-catching signs around the premises of your school, which contain important information about the location of the recycling bins. It would also be great if you use different colors and shapes for your recycling bins, and also stick shiny, attention-grabbing labels or stickers to each container, so that the students and school staff will know what to throw in each of them.
Although some people may get confused about where to put which item at the start, most of them will probably get used to it in the long run. Aside from initiating a recycling campaign, it would also help if you start an environment club in your school, so more students and staff will be enticed to help oversee the campaign. The environment club could also serve as a proper forum for discussing proper waste disposal and other pressing environmental concerns in your community.