Alameda High School is implementing a new campus-wide recycling system. Classroom garbage bins are paired with two recycling containers, one for CRV materials like bottles and cans, a second for "clean recycleables" such as paper and aluminum foil. Classroom bins are emptied into rolling recycling carts distributed throughout the campus. Students then sort and collect CRV materials.
"I thought that adding bins would be the most important part of our recycling system," reports teacher Carolyn Griffith, "but actually, the labels that say 'landfill' on the garbage cans seem to be making the biggest impact- students just don't want to put stuff in the landfill."
Student leaders worked with the city and school district to adapt recycling labels for the campus to better reflect the types of waste often found on campus.