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In addition to the resources provided by the Department of Sanitation, GrowNYC has a program called Recycling Champions you might want to try at your school. In their words,

The NYC DOE Sustainability Initiative’s goal is to double the recycling rate by 2013.  Recycling Champions is here to help schools exceed that goal.  The turnkey resources available on this site are a result of our hands-on involvement with faculty, administration, students, custodians, and parents.

One of the Recycling Champions posters

Resources include

There’s tons of great information for teachers and administrators who want to implement better recycling programs in their schools. Check it out!

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We have talked about reducing your waste, reusing waste, composting and mulching… what’s left?

Recycling!

As we’ve pointed out before, recycling is a sustainable buzzword. But too often kids (and their adults) learn very little about the mechanics of recycling. So that is going to be our focus for the next few days.

If you’re teaching kids about recycling, start with a video. Here in New York City, the Department of Sanitation contracts recycling to certain companies. Pratt Industries is one such company – they buy half of New York City’s paper and take it to a factory on Staten Island, where it is turned into cardboard boxes.

Check out this video from Pratt Industries to see the process in action. The video is hosted on Vimeo, which mean you can watch it in your classroom.

When kids see the process of recycling, they better understand the concept – taking waste and turning into something new. Watching this video will take recycling from a buzzword to a concept that kids can relate to and understand.

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