Written by Gillian, and Edited by Dalila
At Park Hill, we have a volunteer reuse and recycle mindset. We recycle and reuse by separating trash into recyclable items which we place into the Denver Recycling Program blue bins found in the school halls. We reuse when a teacher prints on the back side of the paper or when we go to art and Mrs. Pravecek has cut up cardboard for our art activity.
But we also throw away compostable objects into the trash can, such as food and compostable paper products. Sometimes teachers and students throw paper, cans, and recyclable plastic into the trash cans. Sometimes we print too much paper or read a print article instead of accessing the information online. Sometimes we are just lazy and don’t want to take the time to break down a package of trash into recyclable or reusable components.
There are ways for Park Hill to make our world healthier, cleaner, and just better for us kids.
Take the waste Park Hill creates at lunch. Park Hill needs to creating less waste and less recyclables. Also we need to have a program that provides recycling for all the lunchroom waste and trash.
Let’s start by looking at a typical sack lunch to see how we can make a big impact.
Our lunch room needs composting. Trays, food, and bags sit in our trash cans everyday. When this happens, we waste all this compostable food and paper products.
Most lunches have at least 3 pieces of plastic in them, if all 720 students tossed three pieces of plastic into the trash, there would be 2,160 plastic pieces in our trash cans EVERYDAY.
To continue this chain of thought, students come to school 180 days, 2,160 pieces of plastic would add up to 388,800 pieces of plastic Park Hill students throw away each school year.
In one trash can you can find a gallon bag full of plastic, 55 gallon bags are in a normal sized trash can, and 254 million tons of plastic are thrown away each year.
Katie Roach, a staff member at Park Hill, is developing a composting program to reduce waste. In 2016, started trying to get a composting program started at Park Hill. She hopes this type of program will contribute to a green environment at our school. Katie can make a program like this work by herself, all of us need to support a composting program at our school.
As an example of student support: Fifth graders should help the younger grades learn how to separate their lunch trash into the right bins. Also, Fifth graders should help the younger grades learn to recycle, reuse, and compost in their classrooms.
Currently, a gigantic problem is in the lunchroom, NO composting and NO recycling bins, this situation does not help with the Park Hill waste problem. Our school should be a model school for putting in place and practicing GREEN environmentally safe guidelines.
WITH your help we can turn Park Hill into a model for a DPS green school.
Here is a list of guidelines each student and teacher should follow everyday.
STOP packing plastic products in your lunches!
Instead of buying the packaged sandwiches, make your own instead, and put them in a reusable container.
No individual drinks, carry a thermos and a water jug.
Place a VERY BIG composting bin in the lunchroom!
Place a VERY BIG recycle bin in the lunchroom!
Finally, it doesn’t help if you have recycling, and composting if you don’t do it! SO get environmentally smart, recycle and compost.
Let’s get a real environmentally green program at Park Hill, let’s start composting and recycling everything we can and instead of a big trash dumpster outside, we will have a big composting and recycle dumpster instead.