Our TRASH-SORTING PARTY was a blast!
We generated lots of fun...and lots of interesting data. And we heard from Senator James Eldridge about policy measures being considered in the Massachusetts legislature to boost recycling and reduce solid waste (see here for more information).
Click here for a video news report of the event by Acton Patch, and here for a National Wildlife Federation blog post. And here for great photos.
And yikes! We found that 58 pounds of lunch trash from 6th period lunch was sorted to:
We sorted everything into the categories below (see the attached spreadsheet at the bottom of this page for more details):
We'll use this data to inform a planning process underway to see if we can improve our capture rate of recyclables in the cafeteria. And we'll plan another trash audit soon for classrooms and offices. More to come!
Who knew a Trash Party could be so much fun!?!?!
Thanks for a great time, everybody!
Here's the invitation we sent out ahead of our Trash Party:
ABRHS Green Council
Down and Dirty Party!
Tuesday November 29th at 2:30pm right after school we will be throwing a
very messy trash-sorting party at the dumpsters at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School….please join us!
We are about to undertake a major audit of the school's solid waste!
The ABRHS Green Council is a group of
students, faculty, staff and community members who meet monthly to plan for
progress towards the esteemed Green Flag Award for sustainability. The
Resource Team is part of this effort and is focusing on harvesting the
compostable and recyclable materials currently being disposed of in the
trash. Perhaps the yuckiest, and definitely the most entertaining, portion of the
trash audit is the cafeteria trash! So on Tuesday November 29th we will be diving into the
cafeteria trash armed with rubber gloves, rain boots, cameras and cheering from
supporters! We invite you to stop by and witness the madness or to don some
combat gear of your own and join us. This waste audit will reveal a treasure
trove of data which is currently covered in muck. We plan to uncover specific
numbers which will shed light on exactly how many valuables we are sending
straight to an incinerator. We're hoping to have hot drinks and snacks for
supporters---and we’ll hide a few prizes in the trash bags---so stop by and help
us to make this mucky job a fun one!
When: Tuesday November 29th at 2:30pm (rain date: Friday, December 2 at 2:30pm)
Where: The ABRHS Loading Dock Dumpsters (Fitness Center entrance on the Hayward Road side of the school)
Who: Resource Team, Green Council and interested teachers, students, staff, community members
What to Bring: appropriate clothing and we would much
appreciate extra tarps and buckets of all sizes
For more information, contact Kate Crosby, Energy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the dumpsters!