Key Role: Become involved in the recycling program as much as possible by source separating materials, monitoring materials for contaminants, promoting the program, and spreading the word about your school’s environmental effort.
- Become part of the Recycling Team by forming or joining a school environmental club or working with administrators to implement the program at your school.
- Set up a student monitoring schedule to be sure classroom and cafeteria recycling containers are not being contaminated with trash.
- Volunteer to talk about the recycling program on the school morning announcements. Here’s an example: Video on Trash Talk Announcements at DeMasi School.
- Keep other students enthusiastic about recycling through a school poster contest, classroom challenges, or articles in the school publications. See some ideas in this video about DeMasi Middle School students assisting the elementary school students.
- Join the school environmental club. If the school doesn’t have a club, form one.
- Assist in the collection of materials from classrooms, where appropriate.
- Set up a student monitoring schedule for all recyclables collected in classrooms and cafeterias.
- Promote the new recycling program:
- Design a school recycling mascot (this could be related to a school mascot already in existence).
- Create a recycling information and display board.
- Challenge other classrooms to collection and quality control contests.
- Hold a school poster contest.
- Write articles about the importance of recycling for the school publications.
- Tell your parents or guardians and siblings about the recycling program.