How To Start A Recycling Program In Your School

Many schools already have recycling programs.  If your school does not have a recycle program you may want to initiate one. Do you cringe whenever you see another student or teacher discard an item which can be recycled such as paper, bottles or cans?  You can do something to help prevent this type behavior from continuing.  Initiating a recycling program in your own school will take some time, a lot of work and energy.  However, the results should be well worth the effort it takes to start the program.

Here are some tips for starting a recycling program in your school:

A nice way to start a recycling program is to organize a team which can consist of students, faculty and other school staff.  You want to then determine just how much trash your school produces and throws away each day.  You may have to sell your idea for the recycling program to the school administration, so be ready to state your facts and prepare your arguments for it.

In order to do this, have your friends or classmates collect cans, bottles and used paper from other students.  Keep track of how much of this type material is thrown in the trash cans during class.  This information will help you gather evidence to present to the school administration.

Once your recycling program has been approved by your school administration you need to find a company or facility that will help handle your recycling output.  Check your local phone book or online to determine what recycling companies are in your area.  Talk with the solid waste management or recycling coordinator in your local government to see what recycling options are available to you.  Some communities provide recycling bins and other containers or provide drop-off areas where the recycling company will collect the materials accumulated for recycle at specific times.

If your town cannot accommodate you, you may want to start a fund-raising campaign to purchase recycling bins and other collection containers.  What types of materials or items are actually discarded by your school will determine what types materials will be recycled.  The easiest and most common recycled materials include aluminum, paper, printer cartridges, glass bottles, etc.

When you are ready to begin your recycling program spread the word throughout the school.  You may want to post attractive, eye-catching signs around the school premises containing important information about the location of the recycling bins.  It will be great if you use different colors and/or shapes for your recycling containers.  Then attach a shiny attention-grabbing label or sticker to each container so the students and staff know what to dispose of in each container.

Although some people may be confused about where to putwhich item in the beginning, most will quickly get used to sorting their recycle items into the proper container.  In addition to initiating the recycling campaign, it may help if you start an environment club in your school so more students andstaff will want to help oversee the recycle campaign.  The environment club can serve as a forum for discussing proper waste disposal and other pressing environmental concerns in your community.