We started this year with a new teacher at the helm, Kelly Driscoll, and a larger group of parents supporting the program. All students at Cottage are now part of the Green Team, as we want to instill environmental values and stewardship school- wide. Each Friday morning, parent volunteers help collect the recycled paper that students from every classroom bring to the cafeteria. All kids have the opportunity to participate. The paper is then weighed and taken out to theAbitibi bin. We are in the process of developing a graph of paper recycled over time, showing how many trees we are saving when new paper is made from the paper we recycle. As of Dec 1, 2012, we have already recycled enough paper to save more than three trees!
Our efforts to compost fruit and veggie scraps in the cafeteria continue. Students in grade 5 volunteer to dispose of the compost material twice a week by bringing it to the large composting bin by the school garden at the back of the school. Parent volunteers also assist by layering thecompost bin with hay and leaves and by putting in worms to help the breakdown of organic material.
Bins for recycling plastic are also set up for 5 cent bottles, as well as non-redeemable plastic and aluminum containers. Students and staff members have been doing a great job dispensing the bottles into the correct bins.