June 21st, 2011 by ACE Field Correspondent
By Naomi Smith George and Arianna Pincay, juniors at World Journalism Preparatory School in Queens, New York.
Our environmental club started off the past school year with a ton of ideas about how to green up our campus and involve our peers along the way – but one project jumped out at us above all others: fixing our recycling program.
Students and teachers at our school had the bad tendency to throw garbage into the recycling bins. We decided to address this problem by using cardboard to make lids for the bins and cutting slots in them so that people could only put paper in them.
In most classrooms the students and faculty paid attention to the lids and our efforts of keeping garbage out of the recycling bins were really working! However, in the other classrooms some of the bins lids were ripped, broken, and mis-used.
So, we established a plan to use the ACE Action Grant that we won to buy supplies for decorating the lids. This way people would pay more attention to them and hopefully respect them and use them properly. Our whole club has been completely dedicated to making these lids. We have all given up our lunch and after school time to make and repair them to help the students and faculty of our school to properly recycle.
In addition to decorating the bin lids, we have further plans to decorate the bins themselves. We hope that this will help the bins to stand out as both functional and as pieces of artwork, and thus increase recycling participation at our school. Since we have nearly come to the end of the year, we hope to save this decorating activity for the upcoming year.
In addition to this project, we have a few more to share with you before summer gets into full swing…
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