Chipman Middle School is implementing a new waste diversion and waste reduction program this year. A key feature of the Chipman effort is an array of waste reduction stations across campus. Located in the common areas and hallways, these stations offer students many alternatives to sending items to the landfill. Each station matches a garbage can with a green bin for food waste, a CRV container for bottles and cans, and a separate blue bin for all other clean recycleable materials.
To help call attention to the emphasis on recycling, students in Chipman's art class have designed and painted artwork on the lid of each CRV bin. To help reduce contamination, students need to lift a lid to put paper and cardboard into a recycling bin. The campus is also working to get lids for the green bins to help make the proper disposal of green waste a conscious action and further reduce improper disposal of plastic wrap and other garbage. Teachers, custodial staff and students all help to make sure that the proper items are ending up in the correct container.
A team of energetic 8th graders monitors green bins in the cafeteria, while teachers monitor classroom bins. Custodial staff are taking an active role in helping to sort misplaced materials.
Each bin comes with a picture based label to show students what should be placed in each bin. "Its amazing to look into the bins and see that the students have embraced the system just months after its been implemented," said science teacher Diane Montgomery "We see relatively little contamination in the bins- I'm thrilled that we're able to help our teachers, students, and community do the right thing."