Reduce. Reuse. Recycle as a Last Resort.
It makes good sense to teach and implement the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) at school. Large amounts of preventable waste are typically generated in lunchrooms (think plastic sandwich baggies, squeeze pouches and unwanted food items), as well as classrooms (think paper, paper and more paper). Collectively, kids can make a big difference by taking part in a waste reduction program. In a best-case scenario, children will not only be green at school, but also bring their good habits home and practice them for a lifetime.
To teach concepts most effectively, schools must first implement a school-wide recycling program. This 11-step guide from Waste360 will help. Once your system is in place, take your school’s green routine one step further with the following resources: