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Food Scrap Diversion Waste Stations

Recycling Team members assembling the stationsRecycling Team members assembling the stationsAfter a waste audit at American High revealed that over 75% of trash in many of the garbage cans located in common areas could have been composted, teachers and students took action.

With support from an Altamont Education Advisory Board Grant, teacher Candy Sykes was able to purchase lightweight diversion stations for the rotunda. "It was important to our custodial staff that the stations be easy to move so they can sweep and polish the large area. We were able to find stations that are lightweight and seem durable."

Sykes and her fellow science teachers plan to set up a service program through their classes where students help monitor the bins and educate their peers about the proper placement of compostable materials.

The bins were assembled and installed by the school's Recycling Team on Friday, March 15th.