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CentervilleCentervilleCenterville Junior High features a recycling system that’s been in place over 20 years as a method for funding student events and programs. Centerville aims to expand student engagement in environmental action and hands on learning through an expansion of the school garden and implementation of food scrap diversion and composting.

Recycling at Centerville Jr. High

Students Lead Recycling and Composting Tasks on CampusStudents Lead Recycling and Composting Tasks on CampusThere is something amazing happening at Centerville Jr. High during Mr. Vilkins Leadership class, ailment and most of the students on campus don’t even know. Every Friday during fifth period, find the twenty five students in Leadership class collect 22 recycling bins and 18 compost bins from all around campus to sort, advice empty and clean all within an hour class period.

Tasks are split into compost, recycling, and bin washer groups that students rotate through every week. They start by collecting the recycle and compost bins around the hallways, courtyard, and cafeteria and carry them to the dumpsters.  Using trash pickers, students go through each bin and pick out materials that do not belong, like a plastic bottle in the compost bin.  When the bin looks about 90% filled of the proper material, whether its recyclables or compost, they empty the bins in the dumpsters and wheel them to the next station. There is some fun nagging; students joke about not wearing nice clothes on Fridays. But overall they happily do their assigned jobs.

From here the bins get transported to the wash station, near a tree to help reuse water, and placed in a semi-circle. The designated washer turns the hose onto jet stream and cleans the inside of the bins far enough away that large materials stay on the ground to rake up after.

Bin Washing StationBin Washing Station

During this time, the other students are retrieving recycling from the classrooms and emptying them in the dumpsters. With all of this on their plate, they still finish with time to spare in the classroom. It is a unique set-up that students are responsible for recycling and composting, and an inspiration for other schools to do the same. With students taking the time to pick through the bins before emptying into the dumpsters, the percentage of correct materials going into the dumpsters is very high. Custodians also participate by using pickers to remove materials out of landfill bins for recycling or composting. It is a smooth process, students are enthusiastic, and the quality of sorting is something every school should be striving for.

2013 Earth Day Festival at Centerville Jr. High

Seed Planting Relay StationSeed Planting Relay StationOn Monday, April 22, Centerville Junior High celebrated its first annual Earth Day festival with lunchtime activities and informational booths.

The event was organized by the school's student leadership class and teacher Jeremy Vilkins who reports, "We were really happy to get so many campus clubs involved in the first year. Nearly every student group stepped up and did something green for the planet."

Earth Day LiteratureEarth Day LiteratureThe school's cooking club tested student designed solar ovens for heating pizza while the book club worked with the library to organize a selection of environmentally themed books. The Anime Club drew Earth Day themed art while other students organized seed planting relay contests, recycling basketball toss games, quiz competitions and more. 

Teachers and staff members from across the campus also got into the act helping students with their booths and wearing Earth Day t-shirts. Leadership students re-used spring themed decorations from the weekend dance to decorate the campus with an Earth Day theme.

Centerville Waste Audit Report 2010-11

Centerville Waste AuditCenterville Waste Audit31 students in Mr. Vilkins' Leadership class conducted a waste audit of their schools cafeteria garbage on Oct. 20th, 2010. Students identified a lot of uneaten food, and had fun assembling it into four distinct lunch meals. Students were initially interested in educating their peers about recycling, but the waste audit highlighted the impact of food scraps and uneaten food as well. This spring, all 7th grade math classes at Centerville will perform waste audits and compare their data to find larger trends in the school's waste stream while tackling math standard 1.3 (fractions, decimals, and percentages).

See the full report here.

Our School is a Mess

Centerville Junior High isn’t a recycling bin, viagra sale nor is it a trash can. It is a sophisticated place for learning, tadalafil and it shouldn’t be treated like this. Whenever you leave your trash lying around, it doesn’t magically disappear. Oh no! It sits there, waiting to get picked up by the hands of either the janitor or by a caring student.

“Wouldn’t you like a longer life for you or your future kids? Recycle!” says Alex Graff, an eighth grader. Even when you take the time to walk over to a trash can to throw your garbage away, a large percent of the materials you throw away can be recycled and eventually reused to make new things.

To achieve the goal of recycling all recyclable products, we have placed recycling bins beside every trash can at school. Sakshi Choudhary says “Be Superman to the world by recycling!”

Some items you can recycle include plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, plastics 1-7, and glass. Because we are not composting yet, please do not throw your food or food-stained products in the recycle bins.

By Jake Gordon
(This article originally appeared in the November 2010 edition of the Centerville Student Newspaper)