Students for a Sustainable Future is Lebanon High School's environmental club. We have worked on many projects over the last few years such as instituting zero-sort recycling, a composting program in the school cafeteria, water fountains retrofitted with water bottle fillers to encourage water drinking and waste bottle reduction, and a school garden! We meet Mondays in the art room (room 14) from 2:10 to 2:35! Interested new members are always welcome!
school garden web page
SSF is collecting plastic bags and film!
Students for a Sustainable Future are now recycling plastic bags and film at LHS! Collection bins are in the main foyer outside the athletic office and in room 14 (art room). The plastic is delivered to Hannaford's once a month, they in turn collect the plastic for Trex, a company that manufactures plastic lumber for decking. After starting the collection in January, SSF has collected 160 lbs. of plastic bags and film, which filled 17 large trash bags! Recyclable plastic includes grocery bags, case overwrap, produce bags, wood pellet bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap, and packaging pillows. Plastic needs to be clean and dry! See
http://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/ for more details. Parents and students with plastic film they would like to recycle can drop it off at one of the collection bins.
Another new initiative to reduce waste in the school cafeteria is our partnership with Terracycle,http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades.html a company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. Students are putting their chip/snack bags, drink pouches, and granola/energy bar wrappers in a separate bin in the cafeteria, and SSF is sorting them to send in to Terracycle. Terracycle pays for the shipping, and then either recycles the wrappers by turning them into plastic pellets that can be manufactured into plastic merchandise, or upcycling them by washing (drink pouches) and sewing them together into products like tote bags and pencil cases. Between composting and recycling, the amount of actual trash that leaves the cafeteria after 600 students have had lunch has been reduced by 80%!