Test­ing more ways to re­cy­cle

Cres­cent Col­le­giate, Wood­land El­e­men­tary part of new pi­lot project

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

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.

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