September 10, 2012
Contact: Ken Robbins, General Manager
SCHOOL RECYCLING AND OUTREACH PROGRAM
(Westminster, CA) – During the 2011/2012 school year, participating schools in the Westminster School District and the schools located in the unincorporated area of Midway City, generated over $4,000 with on-campus recycling programs.
The success of each program can be attributed to the partnership with Discovery Science Center, Midway City Sanitary District, Rainbow Environmental Services, and the Westminster School District.
Discovery Science Center
Discovery Science Center taught almost 1,500 fifth graders key concepts associated with Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. For example, did you know:
- Most individuals throw away about 5 pounds of trash daily!
- Musical greeting cards are hazardous waste!
- Convenience shopping costs you and the environment more, due to extra packaging.
- “Zero-waste” lunches are smart and economical!
Students learned this information and more during these FREE 45-minute, educational, assembly-style programs delivered in their classrooms by Discovery Science Center’s highly trained instructors. Discovery Science Center is the premiere informal science resource for all of Southern California, teaching over 290,000 students annually, both at the Center, and in the surrounding schools.
The participating students used high-tech, individual-response key pads (resembling TV remote controls) that enabled them to key-in their answers to questions asked during an educational game show-style presentation.
In addition, other teaching props were used to augment the interactive assembly program. For example, students were asked to classify different types of solid waste and to assess what items comprise a “zero-waste” lunch. A zero waste lunch is easy to understand - everything is either washed and reused, (plastic containers, thermos, silverware) or eaten. Students were also encouraged to share this information with their friends and families.
Following this program, each student was given a reusable backpack made from recycled water bottles and a grade-specific, educational booklet, highlighting the program content and supplying the students with tips and activities.
This program is proving to be a shining success. In the words of Baysia, a student at Eastwood Elementary School, “Thank you for showing us your presentation. I really loved it. It helps me learn more things about recycling. I’ll remember the words, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
To aid in school recycling efforts, a turn-key K-8 recycling curriculum is provided for teachers and is distributed in November to coincide with America Recycles Day, however the curriculum is not date specific therefore it can be used throughout the year.
Additionally, an on-site recycling coordinator is available for each school site to help design and structure customized recycle programs. This includes internal marketing to students and staff as well as coordination with custodians and Rainbow staff (through Franchise Agreement). Lastly, your recycling coordinator will help you monitor your recycle program’s success via a dedicated School Recycling website at Schools.RainbowDisposal.com
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The Board of Directors and Employees of Midway City Sanitary District work diligently to provide sewer and solid waste services to the residents of the District.