End-of-Year Classrooms: Eco-Friendly Tips
We came across some great reminders and tips to keep in mind as we approach the end of the school year, so we thought we'd forward them along:
Can you reduce waste at end of the year celebrations? Consider sharing these tips with staff and parent volunteers at your school:
- Trash plan not just a trash can. Prior to the event, coordinate with teachers, custodians and students and let them know that correct recycling procedures are a priority for your school.
- Eliminate plastic trash so it is not part of the problem. Request that party planners purchase paper plates & paper cups, serve finger food and treats that are wrapped in paper and not plastic. Serve beverages from large dispensers with paper or reusable cups.
- Co-locate your bins and attach signs. Folks are more likely to sort waste properly if you have recycling, compost and trash cans set up side by side.
- Man the cans. Use students and parents to monitor your bins and reduce contamination.
Also, for teachers preparing for summer: Unplug all electronics and appliances in the classroom to conserve energy during the summer break. Many electronic devices continue to use energy even when not in use.