Back to School Recycling | Marck Recycling
At Marck, we’re committed to helping all business—big and small—develop and work toward goals of embracing sustainability and reducing waste. We’ve made a commitment to our planet and our community, and we love helping others do the same.
One industry that’s starting to get on board is local schools. Like all workplaces, schools have unique challenges when it comes to recycling, and as the kids go back to school this fall, it’s important to remember to stay green. With that in mind, here are some ways to make recycling easy at back to school time—in the classroom and at home.
In the Classroom
– For schools, it’s important to form a recycling team. Host an introductory meeting for interested students, and appoint responsibilities and set expectations. It’s important to have leaders not in the staff and faculty, but in the student body as well.
– Set goals. This is always important in recycling, and schools are no different. Identify which materials are recyclable in your community, and set goals for the amounts of recycling and waste reduction.
– Organize. Utilize the help of custodial staff, and map out a collection route. Then share that route map with parents, students, teachers, and school administrators.
– When teaching kids to recycle, a sneaky good lesson is the simple act of taking the bus. If you’re used to driving your children to or from school, opt for the school bus instead. It’s a simple yet pertinent way to save resources and illustrate the value of public transportation.
– Make recycling bins. Sorting recyclables can actually be a fun activity for younger kids. Let them decorate the bins, then practice sorting.
– Dr. Seuss! The classic children’s books have long been a great way to tell a story while teaching a lesson. The Lorax is an especially good early childhood introduction to the concept of environmentalism.
– Don’t overbuy. Buying back-to-school supplies can be exciting, and it’s tempting to shovel everything into the shopping cart. But first, check what you already have in stock, and then buy only what your kids need for their initial classes. You can always get more later.
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