Several years ago, Carmel Clay School administrators began working to have co-mingled recycling at all their locations. They began with a pilot program at Carmel Elementary and upon seeing its success, they started it all the other schools. The last school to adopt this policy was Carmel High School. Due to its immense size, there were many logistical problems to figure out. Happily, those have been worked out and the high school is now recycling the trash from all classrooms in the building. The contamination level is minimal, which is why this can be done. However, at home, please continue to separate your recycling items from the trash. If there is too much contamination, prices for recycling may increase and not as much will be recycled.
The CCS Green Team would like to thank the administration and custodians for making this happen! So much more is being recycled as a result of this monumental effort!
Carmel High School students are embarking on a very exciting and ambitious project. Students from the Thirst Project Club and DECA, the student business group, have teamed up to raise money to fund a well in Swaziland by 2022. They have designed a logo to go on water bottles, which are for sale for only $12.
Interested in supporting their cause? Water bottles are available for purchase. Contact Kara House, CHS teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Below is the logo and water bottle type which will be sold.
Victoria Baron is a former Carmel High School student now in her junior year at Ohio State University. She is majoring in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability. Victoria will be writing sustainabilty articles for the CCS Green Team this year full of tips on how we all can reduce our carbon footprint and lessen the strain on our shared planet. Check back often to see Victoria’s articles!
Mary Hayes from the White River Alliance attended the January meeting of the CCS Green Team to present information about the Clean Water Superhero Program. This program is geared toward elementary students, however, it can be tailored for other ages. The goal is to get information out about how to prevent pollution from getting in our waterways. John Thomas from Carmel’s Department of Storm Water Management joined in to show a hands on activity for kids so they can see what types of things pollute our water. They have a great packet for students that includes an activity page, coneflower seeds (the flowers help prevent water runoff) and a bag for picking up after your pet!
If interested in having this presentation for your group, please contact Mary Hayes at email@example.com
The CCS Green Team is proud to sponsor the annual holiday lights recycle drive in all CCS schools. This year the City of Carmel joined in with a drop off location at White’s Ace Hardware. Together we kept 1642 pounds of lights out of the landfills!
We are often asked what happens to the lights when they are picked up. Joe, from Technology Recyclers, said this about the recycling of the lights:
Holiday lights are 100% recyclable. They are comprised of copper wire 22 gauge, the wire is usually coated in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, light bulbs are made of glass, and the end of the cord or plugs are comprised of ferrous metal. It is the process which counts.
The materials are then sold locally. Our 3 year total is 3618 pounds. Thanks for helping “lighten” the load on our landfills!
West Clay Family Fun Recycling
At West Clay Elementary’s Family Fun Night in November, families made sure their water bottles did not end up in landfills. Instead, they recycled them! They used the community Lend a Bin program to provide enough recycling bins for their event, and it worked! They kept 5 pounds of plastic from going in the trash. These plastic bottles will instead be recycled into all kinds of products including carpet, filling for sleeping bags, and more.
OPE International Festival recycling
This year, Orchard Park’s International Festival had a new feature: RECYCLING. Custodians helped out to make this November 11 event “green” for the very first time. Check out their custodian making a “G” for green! The Green Team used the community “Lend a Bin” program, and it was a great success. Families recycled paper, plastic and cans, keeping these items out of landfills. Way to go, Orchard Park!
When students at CE choose not to eat an item from their lunch, that food does not go to waste. If the food is unopened, students can put unwanted items in a special bin near the trash cans to be saved. It is then donated to the Hamilton County Food Rescue Program who collects at the school every other week. Cafeteria Manager LeAnn Schelling keeps everything refrigerated until it gets picked up, disposing of items that go past their freshness date.
CE food rescue
Students at College Wood Elementary learned a new habit the first three weeks of school: recycling in the cafeteria. Susan McCord, cafeteria manager, provided recycling containers (re-purposed flour and sugar bins) next to the trash cans, and with the help of custodian Morris Eubank and cafeteria staff member John Groom, students learned which items to recycle and which to throw in the trash. The recycling even gets weighed every day, and on average, CWE is recycling 10 pounds of material per day. That’s 50 pounds per week, and by the end of this school year, these students will kep 1,800 lbs of trash out of landfills.
College Wood Cafeteria Recycling
This spring, Carmel Middle School Green Team students learned that if you ask, you just might receive! After researching recycling in public places, they composed a letter to Mayor Brainard, asking for recycling containers along our city’s Main Street. In May, Mayor Brainard wrote back to the students saying that the City is reviewing quotes for these containers and that we should see them along Main Street “perhaps before the beginning of next school year.” These students learned that they can make a difference in their community. The CCS Green Team is proud of and grateful for their efforts!