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Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Posted on December 16, 2014 by -Emerson Z. 12th grade

Last summer, five Wildlands students led a teacher's institute for the Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network. During that week, the visiting teachers were shocked by the fact that we have no composting program, even though Wildlands has a very nice composter behind the building. When the school year began, I was taking out the trash several times a week. This made me realize just how wasteful our student body was. Every day, students were throwing out a large amount of recyclable paper and plastic bottles. This was really disturbing to me because I actively compost and recycle at home.

 

About a week ago, Molly M. and I set out on a quest to remedy this problem. Our first step was to find out how much recyclable and compostable material we threw out each day. In order to find out, we separated the trash, compostables, and recyclables, then we weighed each type of waste. We found out that we throw out about 4 pounds of compostables, 3.5 pounds of recyclables, and 5 pounds of trash. Our conclusion was that about 60% of our waste could have been diverted from the landfill.

 

After we found out how much we were throwing away we did research to find out what we can compost and recycle. We found out that in Eau Claire County we can compost yard waste, vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, paper towel, and newspaper. After asking around, we found out that at  Beaver Creek we can recycle plastics 1-5 and 7, aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, glass, and mixed paper.

 

To continue with this project we will need to put containers for composting and recycling around the school, and educate the student body about proper waste disposal techniques. Hopefully our efforts will decrease our schools impact on the environment first by diverting trash from the landfills and then expanding to other areas.

 

 

 

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