Mott Hall III and Ms. Moe had no trouble implementing their Waste Sorting Station activity! This amazing school in the Bronx in New York accomplished so much in no time. In only two weeks, the Grades of Green Team students reduced their weekly lunch time trash from 100 bags to a record breaking low of 50 bags!
How Did They Do It?
The Middle School Grades of Green Team at Mott Hall III were incredibly organized and assigned students to oversee recycling during lunch times during the week. They even expanded their team to oversee breakfast times at the school. Moreover, these leaders made sure that other students knew why recycling was important.
“It’s important to let others know the ‘Why’ to the ‘How’,” one Grades of Green Team Student said.
In addition to educating others, the Student Leaders used their “can do” New Yorker attitude and stopped others from throwing away recyclable waste.
“When other students threw away recyclable waste, we told them, ‘here are some gloves and pick that out, the recycling bin is right here’.” another Grades of Green Student said.
Want to Reduce Waste? Follow these Tips!
Mott Hall III’s Grades of Green Team wanted to share these tips to help other schools reduce their waste.
1.) Connect the “Why” and the “How” to promote understanding.
2.) Use positive reinforcement to get other students excited about recycling.
3.) Color Code bins so that people can easily see where to place their waste.
4.) Be assertive about education. Don’t be afraid to speak out when you see environmental injustice!
5.) Be nice to the custodian. They are working hard to sort waste!