The end of school is coming quickly. It is an exciting time for children. It also means there are lots of school things to clean up and put away.
When cleaning up after school remember that reusing is more important for the environment than recycling. The most environmentally friendly thing families can do is save binders, pens, pencils, unused paper, etc. and reuse them next year.
Kids are great recyclers, so the Recycling Centre receives more than usual from the schools at this time of year. Most of it can be recycled. There are a variety of things that come to the Centre that cannot be recycled.
What can be recycled?
Loose leaf paper, white or coloured office paper (the paper used in photocopiers for worksheets etc.) is the most common item. Notebooks can be recycled. Taking the covers off is helpful. Paper tang folders, file folders, paper dividers, books, beverage containers and boxes are recyclable. Poster board is recyclable if it doesn’t have other things stuck to it.
The following items are not recyclable: 3 ring binders, construction paper, laminated paper, art projects with different kinds of collage materials and anything plastic like report covers, tang folders, page protectors. Food wrappers, Kleenex, paper towels, plastic bags, things to write with like pencils, markers etc., pencil cases, and glue sticks are not recyclable.
Did you know that recycling one metric ton (tonne) of paper save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 3.5 cubic metres of landfill space?
School children often lead families to recycle. That makes sense as recycling goes a long way to making sure we leave a good world for our children.