WAYS TO REDUCE GARBAGE AT SCHOOL
- Write letters to companies asking them to be more environmentally responsible in packaging their products.
- Write letters to your school district about an alternative to throw-away lunch trays, or the possibility of recycling them.
- Use less paper. Ask your teacher if he/she will let students hand in assignments by using email or by handing it in on a computer disk.
- Ask your teachers to teach every grade about reducing garbage.
- Sponsor a waste-free lunch day.
WAYS TO REUSE GARBAGE AT SCHOOL
- Bring books that you don’t want anymore to your library and see if they can use them.
- Organize a school-wide rummage sale in order to pass along items that people don't want anymore. Remember, one person's trash can be another person's treasure!
- Use the back of paper (both sides).
- Buy reusable pens and pencils and then refill them during the school year.
- Bring plastic or cloth lunch bags instead of paper ones. You can reuse plastic or cloth, but you have to throw away paper bags.
- Create scratch pads out of paper that has only been used on one side. Bind it on one of the sides and reuse it.
- Use materials in art class that you would normally throw away.
- Ask your teachers to teach every grade about reusing things.
- Use paper grocery bags to make book covers instead of buying cloth ones.
WAYS TO RECYCLE GARBAGE AT SCHOOL
- Start a recycling program at your school.
- Buy notebooks and paper that are made from recycled paper.
- Every class could have a recycling bin and assign two students per class to be in charge of emptying it when it gets full. Kids should also be assigned to empty bins in non-classroom areas (speech, office, library, music, gym, art).
- Ask your teachers to teach every grade about recycling.
- Make displays to remind students about recycling at home and at school.
- Make displays to increase awareness of garbage that gets thrown away each day.
- Collect ink-jet cartridges to recycle.
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