Did you know an estimated 400-600 million pairs of shoes go into America’s landfills and yet many of those shoes can still be worn or repurposed? In honor of National Recycling week November 10-16, please consider donating old shoes to the OPE Green Club Shoe drive. The shoes we keep from going into the landfills will help others in under developed countries start micro businesses that will create sustainable income for their families. Drop off shoes (any condition) in the school lobby. The “Share Your Soles” drive will continue until the end of the year. Contact Lisa Wilson at email@example.com if you have any questions. She is even willing to pick the shoes up.
CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL’S TOY DRIVE
The Carmel Middle School Green Club is sponsoring this annual toy drive to benefit the Julian Center. The Julian Center works with victims of domestic abuse. Parents will be able to “shop” for toys for their children for the upcoming holidays. Extra toys will go to Thrifty Threads, a second hand store whose proceeds go to the Julian Center. This toy drive is this week, November 10-14. Items may be dropped off in the school office. Contact Marcia Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Cruzancajcruzan@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.
Students from Smoky Row’s Green Club made this bulletin board for America Recycles Day showing not only which students like to recycle, but some items that are recyclable. What a great way to promote recycling!
Students at Towne Meadow will participate in a very worthwhile project to help celebrate America Recycles Day. They will be having a book drive and will donate the books to the local Red Cross. The Red Cross has a book mobile to help get the books to the families they serve. This is the only Red Cross book mobile in the country! Towne Meadow families donated 321 books! Nice job!
America Recycles Day Videos to be offered to schools for optional viewing during announcements, lunch, or other student free time. We will make the following available on DVD. Contact Margot Gibson at for a free DVD.
The following are Carmel High School announcements to be read during SRT live announcements pertaining to recycling for your consideration:
Each announcement will be preceded by the sentence: November 15 is America Recycles Day, so this week we will offer some facts and tips regarding recycling
Did you know that the average Hoosier throws away 4.5 pounds of garbage a day? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 75% of that “garbage” is actually materials that could be recycled. For example, plastic “bottles” from soda and milk can be transformed into not only new containers, but also fleece clothing, stuffed animals, carpet, plastic lumber, car parts and shopping carts. If your plastic bottle has a 1 or a 2 inside a triangle on the bottom, remove the cap, rinse and recycle it. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management/IDEM)
Did you just get your first car or are you dreaming of it? Remember that many aspects of car maintenance involve important recycling. For example, the typical car battery contains up to 60-80% recycled lead and plastic components. And, car tires can be recycled into rubber used for new roads, floor mats, trails and mulch. Even the oil your car’s engine needs can be recycled. In fact, the world’s largest waste oil processing plant is located in East Chicago, Indiana! The facility recycles 75 million gallons of oil and 20 million gallons of oily wastewater per year. Even your used oil filters and antifreeze can be recycled. (Source: IDEM)
Do you enjoy soda and other canned drinks? Remember to recycle your aluminum cans…they may just be back on the store shelves within 6 weeks! This also saves 95% of the energy used to make aluminum cans from raw materials taken from the earth. Its a similar story for steel and tin cans, which we Americans use enough in one day to stretch from New York to Los Angeles and back again…in one day! Those cans are remade into everything from paper clips, to appliances, to steel framing for housing. But only if we put them in the recycling bin! (Source: IDEM)
Here are some facts that may get you motivated to start, or continue to recycle school papers, newspaper and junk mail. The paper one person uses in a year would stack as high as a two story building…Hoosiers receive almost 35,000 tons of junk mail every year…and unfortunately most of it ends up in land fills…and if everyone in the U.S. would recycle just their Sunday newspaper, over 500,000 trees would be saved every week! Every school in Carmel, any many other locations have paper recycling bins…be sure to make frequent contributions! (Source: IDEM)
The following are elementary and middle school level announcements pertaining to recycling to be read during morning announcements:
Each announcement will be preceded by the sentence: November 15 is America Recycles Day, so this week we will offer some facts and tips regarding recycling.
Did you know that the paper placed in the Abitibi Paper Retriever bins is converted into new paper in just two weeks? Remember not to include cardboard or phone books. Otherwise, keep up the good work on recycling your office and school papers, junk mail and newspapers…it all saves trees and energy. (Source: Abitibi)
Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of what Americans throw in the trash could actually be recycled? Help your family find an unused container to start collecting glass, plastic and metal for recycling. (Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management/IDEM)
Did you know that most boxes are made from recycled paper and other boxes? Most boxes and many packing supplies can be recycled. Be sure to help your parents flatten boxes before recycling them. (Source: IDEM.)
Did you know that aluminum cans might be back on the store shelf within 6 weeks of being recycled? Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to make the cans from raw materials. After using, rinse your cans and squish them flat before recycling. (Source: IDEM.)
Did you know that soda and water bottles can be recycled into new containers, fleece clothing, stuffed animals and carpet? The most commonly recycled plastic bottles are labeled on the bottom with a “1” or a “2” inside a triangle. Look for the recycle symbol and these numbers on your bottles then remove the cap, rinse and recycle. (Source: IDEM.)
America Recycles Day is November 15th, and the Green Schools Committee is encouraging all schools to find a way to celebrate. Thanks to Margot Gibson, Carmel Clay Schools will have access to materials to publicize recycling events, as well as educational materials provided by the National Recycling Coalition.
The following approved packet contains lessons schools can use to help students learn how to reduce, re-use, and recycle.