The end of school has arrived. It is an exciting time for children. It also means there are lots of school things to clean up and put away. There is a mountain of recycling from the schools at the Recycling Centre this week.
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.
We are always amazed by how many reusable items come to us. We will be giving them away at the Recycled School Supplies event at the end of August.
So what can be recycled?
Loose leaf paper, white or coloured office paper (the paper used in photocopiers for worksheets etc.) notebooks (removing the covers 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.
Not recyclable items include: 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. Pencils, markers and other writing things, erasers, geometry sets, pencil cases, and glue sticks are not recyclable.
Any of these items that are not needed and still usable can be dropped off at the Recycling Centre for the giveaway.
Remember, 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 encourage families to recycle. Recycling goes a long way to making sure we leave a good world for our children.