After you drink that can of Coke, what do you plan on doing with it? In a thirty-six week period, the students, faculty, and staff of Brownstown High School recycled everything from plastic to paper, and even aluminum. During the school year, there was an estimate of seventy-five pounds of aluminum recycled, which is the same amount as 2,400 cans of pop!
How many times a day do you throw away paper or plastic? No matter what one may be pitching it can be broken down and then recycled. Yes, this process might take a few extra minutes of your time but it can help save the Earth for the next generation. In the thirty-six week period that school is in session our janitor, Steve Waltrip, tracked the recycling progress of paper and plastic products at BHS. He concluded that we saved a total amount of 2,084.4 cubic feet. Now I’m sure no one wants to sit down and do the math for what this averages out to be, so Steve Waltrip and I did the legwork for you; the measurements of Mr. Redden’s classroom show that with the amount of products recycled it would be the same as filling his room with objects at a height of four cement blocks! Imagine how much more could be saved from landfills if everyone joined the bandwagon. Thanks Steve for tracking this information!
by Ashley Holmberg
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