Educational institutes produce a variety of waste that can be reused, reduced or recycled. Paper from books and used notes, food waste from the cafeteria, cardboard used in projects, you name it!
All these materials, which can be disposed of in a responsible way, normally end up in the garbage dump instead. Being institutions that impart knowledge, educating students about the environmental impacts of dumping or wasting garbage should be one of the primary areas of focus for schools everywhere.
10 Simple Ways To Recycle At School And Reduce Waste
Here are 10 tips you can implement to make your educational organization an exemplary, and sustainable, institution of knowledge:
1. Can’t Use it? Donate It – Once equipment and supplies have reached the end of their life, donate them to charitable organizations that can re-use them. This reduces waste, and you can give back more to community by promoting ‘back to school’, as well as go-green ventures.
2. Composting – The cafeteria needs to cater to worst-case scenarios while deciding on food quantity, which normally means lots of leftovers. Dump them in a compost bin and use the compost to encourage organic gardening, or even a grow-your-own-greens project.
3. Compactors – If composting is too much of a hassle, install stainless-steel compactors to reduce the volume of organic waste, and dispose of it responsibly by taking it to a composting center.
4. Team It Up – Get students and teachers involved by encouraging them to work together towards a recycling goal, and teach them the finer point of teamwork at the same time.
5. Programs – Increasing awareness is a matter of empowering people with knowledge, and nobody is in a better position to achieve this monumental task than an educational organization.
6. Modernize – Set an example by taking the first step; Go paperless! It reduces costs, increases awareness and, best of all, your students will be better prepared for today’s digital world.
7. Balers – You might be wondering how you can manage huge volumes of paper and cardboard without increasing your labor costs. Well, smaller balers can be operated by a single employee, like a janitor, without any significant increase in billable hours.
8. Recycling Facilities – If your mind is busy raking up the additional expenses associated with recycling, think again. You can build a relationship with your local waste-disposal facilities. More than likely, they will either pay you for processed waste on recycling service, or even bear the costs themselves.
9. Waste Reduction – A simple way of going green and encouraging your students to join in, without adding to expenses, is to reduce the amount of waste in the first place. Automatic compactors in high-traffic areas make disposal simpler and much cheaper to implement.
10. Recycling Programs – Start interactive programs that get all the members involved. There are many buy-back recycling programs which can raise funds, as well as promote community awareness.
Responsible management of garbage comes down to one major factor- educating people, and no organization is better placed for accomplishing this than an institution that functions to impart knowledge!