Schoolwide recycling project-need ideas!

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  1. Cyndi23

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    Hi all!

    Next year our middle school (gr 6-8) is going to do a school wide community service project. Our "theme" will be recycling. Each grade will have something to focus on and one one or two days in the beginning of the year, EVERY class will do a lesson on recycling (even the art and music classes!). Some ideas we have are:

    -recycling paper in classrooms
    -cans in the lunchroom
    -books at a book swap (for every book a kid brings in, they can trade it for another, parents can participate too!)
    -clothes at a clothing drive
    -big items (furniture, appliances, etc) at a school garage sale (money will be donated to the city)

    Do any of you have any other ideas of how we can immerse our kids in the idea of recycling? ANY idea would be appreciated (I'm going to a pre school meeting about it on Thursday and would love to have tons of stuff to bring to the table)
    Any lessons you've done, any activities the kids could participate in? Anything?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. hescollin

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    Recycle and earn things for your school and classrooms

    Box Tops for Education. sponsored by General Mills. Clip and save Box Tops for Education from General Mills foods cereal and etc. You earn ten cents for each token found on the boxes and cans. http://www.boxtops4education.com/ You might want to check it out. Our school collects the boxtops for education tokens. They send you money. Make this a class project. Our school has a large dorm refrigerator in each elementary classroom from this project and we get library books, and whatever we want. Get your students, parents, grandparents and etc involved. Tell them your earning money for a refrigerator.

    Earn money by collecting empty inkjets, Toner Cartridges. www.ircfundraising.com
    www.rain.org/~philfear/iguanodon.html www.rain.org


    pop cans and beer cans
     
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    Why not collect recycled paper and have students make different fun products to sell later in the year as part of any fundraiser you may already be doing. Then have them make a book of how to recycle paper and all the different uses and projects that could become of it. Include in the beginning of it why recycling paper is important to our environment.
     
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    you could have them make recycled paper also-I'm sure google has a ton of recipes but basically you make a paper slurry then let it dry.

    visit a recycling plant (or have someone from there visit you)

    Magic School Bus has a video about recycling

    Sort items by their recycling number (the number that's inside the symbol)
     
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    We had a local recycling company come out and put a huge recycling dumpster at our school. Each classroom has an individual bin in their classroom that gets emptied once a week into the large one. The company comes out and empties it and pays us a fee. We have earned a lot of money doing this.
     
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    Kiwanis collects old eyeglasses and they have them redone for use by those who can't afford them.

    To kick off your project, have everyone in the school brings lunch in totally non-consummable containers - in baskets, buckets, no paper, plastic, aluminum, etc.
     
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    At my old school, we carefully sorted and separated all recycling. I felt so good about it, and didn't mind the extra effort --

    until I noticed that the custodians dumped all of our carefully sorted items into the trash dumpster each day.

    I asked the principal about it. He knew they did that. He said the local recycling center would charge us to bring out a recycling dumpster, and there would also be a charge by weight. In other words, the better job we did, the more it would cost. It cost a great deal more to recycle it than to trash it. (Off course, that "cost" didn't take into account the cost to our environment.) There just wasn't money in the budget for it.

    Just goes to show you that sometimes the best laid plans don't work out.
     
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    We get charged $50 a month. The student council has a monthly bake sale to fund it.
     
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    Why is it that Emma33's school gets paid by the company for recycling and Upsadaisy's school and Rainstorm's school both have to pay for it? Does it depend of the part of the country or the company that you use? My daughter (5th) grade wants to start a program at our school so I need to make some phone calls.

    We gathered up two bags of plastic bottles after field day and brought them home to put in recycling. Our county does the orange bag thing. When the guys came by with the recycling truck, they took my regular orange bag but threw the other two white bags (obviously filled with plastic bottles) into the can with the other trash. I didn't even tell my daughter, she would have been really angry at them.
     
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    Yes it depends on where you are located and your local recycling authority. In our part of the country, recycling is an expense. You don't get paid for doing it.

    You can drive it to the authority and sort it into the dozens of containers for free-- but it is not located in our city -- it is almost an hour drive each way.
     
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    Hey Upsadaisy,
    Just a warning about the lunch thing. I demonstrated that to my students but I was afraid to ask the whole class to do it. A few years ago, I did bring your favorite sandwich to school in honor of National Sandwich Day. We did surveys of the whole school and made graphs and comparisons and everything. The lunchroom manager let me have it. She said I messed up her counts which in turn messed with her funding. Oh well. It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
     
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    Oh, geez. No good turn goes unpunished, right?

    We don't have a lunch room or kitchen, we're too small.

    I think that is the reason that we get charged for recycling. Maybe huge schools don't. I don't know.
     
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    Both the school that my son goes to & the one I work at have newspaper recycling bins in the parking lots. They're green & yellow. At both schools it's a fundraiser. At my school one of the 4th grade teachers does this as his service project. Each Friday his class comes & collects our recycling.
     
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    We are not getting rich by having our recycling program but we are making some money. Mostly we are teaching the kids about caring for our environment. I was surprised to read that some schools have to pay for recycling.

    kpa1b2 I wonder if we use the same fundraising recycling company. I am not all that far from you.
     
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    I see the dumpsters in alot of school parking lots. I don't know the name of the company.

    Come to think of it, I don't know what the school does with the money. Hmm, guess I'll have to ask the next time I see somebody.
     
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    Don't forget to recycle phone books -- they are huge! Teach students the dangers of not cutting up the plastic 6-pack ringy things -- I have seen pictures of birds and leatherback sea turtles that were strangled because they got one around their necks. Recycle the plastic water bottles everyone is carrying now. Decide to use recycled paper for your classrooms. Ink jet ink containers and laserjet toner cartridges can be recycled as well. Produce waste from the cafeteria and coffee grounds from the teachers' lounge can be composted in a small area in the back of the school (and no, if it is done properly it does NOT stink!). Have your kids develop a styrofoam-free campaign for the school -- that stuff stays around forever! Get a gallon milk jug and have the kids fill it with soda can tabs. Quite often, there is an organization (or a foundation for a sick person) that is collecting them for the money. (My hubby is an environmental specialist, so I've learned about these things over the years.)
     
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    Yikes!! I didn't think about that. I just threw away 3 phone books. My fingers do the walking over the internet these days. Recycling should be a much easier and widespread endeavor than it is.
     
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    Just a note for our project:

    -this isnt' a fundraising project (although if it worked out that way, it would be nice!) this is about community and learning

    -our school is large, about 1350 kids

    -my principal made it clear that she has money for us to spend if it DOES cost money to have recycling bins

    -we also want to have EACH student involved somehow

    Question: do you know of any young adult novels that deal w/ recycling or have that theme w/in them?

    THANKS! I love all of the insight!
     
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    PWhatley,
    I have an idea for those six pack thingy things that you mentioned.
    I use them to make interesting pockets on bulletin boards and walls. When I need a pocket to hold game cards or books, I staple or hot glue the six pack rings from coke products onto my board or wall. They are usually left behind by the person filling the coke machine so I just recycle them. I talk to my students about the dangers that the rings pose to animals. I also like the way that “pockets” allow us to see what is inside.
     

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