Testing more ways to recycle
Crescent Collegiate, Woodland Elementary part of new pilot project
Recycling at school was the topic of conversation at Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown last Wednesday.
Its one of two Trinity-Conception schools that will lead the way for others as party of a new pilot program. Crescent Collegiate and Woodland Elementary in Dildo are two of six schools participating in Recycle At School.
The projec t is designed to explore the potential for schools to expand current recycling initiatives by diverting additional types of waste from landfills.
Students from both schools were on hand for the of f icial announcement at Crescent Collegiate’s learning resource centre, joined also by officials from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and the Eastern Regional Service Board for Eastern Waste Management.
The members of Crescent’s Code Green recycling team were clad in white t-shirts as they performed a demonstration of what materials go in which bin.
Through the project, the MultiMaterials Stewardship Board (MMSB) will supply the selected schools with the recycling bin systems and educational resources to recycle paper fibre and mixed containers, in addition to beverage containers.
“By educating and empowering students and teachers to recycle more at school, we are fostering environmenta l stewardship among our future leaders, contributing to the long-term positive impact on the environment,” said Dan Crummell, minister of environment and conservation and minister responsible for MMSB.
The bins were labeled beverage containers, containers, paper and garbage, clearly identifying which waste is destined for which receptacle.
The other four schools involved are St. Bernard’s Elementary in Witless Bay, Dunne Memorial Academy in St. Mary’s, Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey and Mobile Central High School.
“Providing additional resources to our students, who are leaders in this area, will have an immediate and lasting impact on the health and well-being of our communities,” said NLESD chief executive officer and director of education Darrin Pike.
Increasing recycling awareness in schools is only one of the target areas for the new program. There is also hope the focus on recycling habits will trickle down into the community.
“By reinforcing the importance of diverting waste from landfills and reusing valuable resources such as cardboard, paper and plastics, we hope that students participating in the Recycle At School pilot program will share the message at home and throughout their communities,” s a i d Eastern Regional Service Board chairman Ed Grant.
Crescent Collegiate Code Green team members, from left, Patrick Newhook, Leslie Burgess and Tiffany Newhook demontrate how the Recycle At School program will works at their school. The provincial government unveiled the new pilot project last Tuesday at the Blaketown school.