Launching a recycling program can be a daunting task. Where do I start? Do I need permission? How do I know what I can recycle? National Green Week is the largest waste reduction campaign for schools and we’ve got lots of great tips for starting a recycling program that can be implemented in schools or anywhere else! Do something that can have a lasting impact on everyone involved!
Some think recycling can be a hassle, but there are ways to introduce a useful and convenient recycling center in your classroom, office, or home. Start small by creating a mini recycling center with a dual trash approach. This approach consists of putting a recycling bin right next to the regular trash. Through this method, it is less likely that recyclables will end up in the trash because individuals don’t have to make an extra effort to find the recycling bins. Although dual bins are available to be purchased in stores, regular bins work just as well! The most important part of the dual trash approach is making sure both containers have a different look. The recycling bin should be slightly smaller than the trash, and it should be a different color.
Once you’ve set up your recycling program, make sure you get the word out and educate people right away with some of these ideas:
- Bring in guest speakers
- Take a field trip to a recycling facility
- Print articles in the newspaper or newsletter
- Construct a recycling website
- Create a recycling bulletin board
- Learn how to use recycled materials in the garden!
National Green Week is from February 6 – April 22, 2012. Don’t forget to share your green week stories with GEF by submitting photos, videos, or project overviews! You could win green packs for your classroom!