WSB Student Council presents another Zero-Waste Initiative!

TerraCycle-Logo-PNGThe Student Council has enhanced its partnership with TerraCycle to bring¬† our community the ability to recycle single-use coffee/tea capsules. The rise of these machines is controversial because the capsules are not recyclable nor is the coffee always of the fair trade variety. Since 2010, the Zero Waste Box program by TerraCycle has been working to change some of that. Of course, further action is needed, such as demanding the manufactures of these machines & capsules take responsibility for their products from cradle-to-grave. (Hmm…perhaps a life-cycle analysis and letter-writing campaign project for our Middle School?)
But in the meantime, please bring in any brand of capsule — after we have collected 12 pounds of the them, the Student Council will mail them to TerraCycle for composting, recycling, and repurposing. (If you’re able to compost the coffee ground yourself at home we will be able to fit more capsules in our box. But if not, no worries, bring them in full.) If you’re place of work happens to use one of these machines, please consider starting your own collection campaign: Zero Waste Boxes

Introducing TerraCycle!

TerraCycle-Logo-PNGWSB’s Student Council has approved an exciting new initiative . . .¬† our Middle School is now a TerraCycle host site! Which means that we will be collecting certain hard-to-recycle waste products and sending them to TerraCycle for points. TerraCycle will then re-purposes and transforms these items into new goods; and with the collected points our students will be able to do a plethora of great things for our planet. Some of the things we can redeem our points for are: adopting & preserving wildlife land, reducing carbon from the atmosphere, giving clean water to people in need, supplying chickens & bees to those in need, and giving school supplies to at risk youth.

IMG_0675Tonight, your Middle School Student will be coming home with a list to stick on your refrigerator. It will consist of things to keep out of your trash/recycle bin and bring into school. The items we’re collecting are as follows:

  • Hot & Cold Cereal Bags & Liners
  • Cheese Wrappers & Hummus Containers w/ foil or plastic seal (please wash)
  • Ink Cartridges & Select Toners
  • Tech Waste (including old/broken cell & smart phones, GPS units & graphing calculators, ipods & mp3 players, old tablets & E-Readers)

Although this is a Middle School initiative, we invite the entire WSB Community to take part in this exciting program. The new TerraCycle Station can be found upstairs in the art gallery hallway. Please check it out next time you’re around.

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