SOLID WASTE REDUCTION
#1 - Recycling Crews at CHS
The students of our ISLE program, our ESL program, and our Environmental Science are in charge of collecting single-source recyclables from the entire school. The bins are collected in large, wheeled containers and ultimately dumped in large, labeled recycling containers near our cafeteria loading dock. Even our Food Services staff recycles containers from our cafeteria.
#2 - Recycling Public Service Announcements
In the Fall of 2015, Environmental Science students continued the annual school Public Service Announcements productions. The PSA's play on the morning announcement aired to all classrooms by our Broadcast Journalism class. Below is just one example of the efforts of our students.
Posters placed in All Classrooms and Offices
# 3 - Reestablishment of Cafeteria Recycling
In the Fall of 2015, students petitioned the administration to finally bring back recycling into the cafeteria. We had done this in the previous school building but our program had not migrated in the new building to include the cafeteria. The administration agreed to free up a section of wall space to put our recycling bins. Students made several large recycling posters and put them on the wall to encourage recycling of plastic and aluminum containers.
#4 - Reestablishment of Athletic Field Recycling
In the Fall of 2015 our National Honor Society members cleaned up recyclables around our athletic fields after each game. They performed this work as part of their volunteer commitment and is one of many such pickups that they perform every year. This program was reestablished after the new stadium and major field irrigation work was finished on the new athletic fields.
#5 - Year End Locker Clean Out
We have a year-end locker clean out before final exams that is run out of science classes. Students are sent out either at the beginning or end of their class and waiting for them are the Green Team. We collect everything that can be reused, re-purposed, or recycled. That means 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, pencils, tupperware, clothes, compost material, and then we let you throw something in the trash. Students continually go around to science classes and collect everything that was not collected in the hallway. When a 3-ring binder or spiral notebook is brought in, we save any worth saving an then pull all recyclable material out and throw away the plastic cover. On the last day of school for students (make up Final Exam day), Building Service workers open every locker and the Green Team goes through the entire school one last time, locker-by-locker, repeating what was done during locker clean out. Teachers particularly like these days as they can stock up on supplies for next year. Students on the Green Team also find items they get to keep and do their own stocking.
Permission From Teacher to Participate
Memo to Science Teachers for Locker Clean-Out