Guest post by summer student Parker Mathews.
The Recycling Center is having a Recycled Back to School Supplies event. It is an opportunity for the community to come down and pick up any unused school supplies that has been amassed over the years. We are setting up a table at the Flin Flon Public Library, you can come down and help yourself to the school supplies we have.
We have all sorts of supplies that you can pick up; binder, notebooks, duotangs, divider, paper and much more. The amount of supplies the Recycling Center receives at the end of every school year every is astonishing to me.
Most of it is unused.
According to the Consolidated Credit survey families in Manitoba spend close to $119 per child each year on school supplies and a whopping $1,182 dollars total from preschool to grade 12. By reusing school supplies you can cut the cost of buying school supplies by at least half.
It just goes to show that by reusing school supplies not only are you making a difference for the environment and the community but it is also saving you a considerable amount money. Reusing any household items or anything partially used will help reduce expenses and lower the amount of waste we create.
Here is a fun fact about how much we waste every year.
In the U.S they manufacture around 15-20 billion pencils each year cutting down 60,000 trees. An estimate of 2 billion of these pencils are thrown away each year, that is around 8000 trees that are destroyed for no reason.
We look forward to seeing you at the Flin Flon Public Library August 12, from 1-3:30.