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Mrc mtg.09.30.10 donovan



Amy Donovan's presentation, 09/30/10 MRC mtg. (2)

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    Mrc mtg.09.30.10 donovan Mrc mtg.09.30.10 donovan Presentation Transcript

    • Recycling and Composting in Franklin County Schools Amy Donovan, Program Director
    • = District schools that divert organics (compost) = Towns that are not members of the District Franklin County Solid Waste Management District “ The District” = 22 towns 29 public schools 17 transfer stations 2.5 staff members
    • “ Off site composting” (organics, on-farm composting): Martin’s Farm in Greenfield accepts compost from schools: UMass, Pioneer HS, Northfield, Bernardston, Erving, Sunderland, more.. transfer station: Northfield Farren Hospital and markets: Big Y stores, Greenfield Stop & Shop, Greenfields Market, McCusker’s Market Windrow turner at Martin’s Farm Windrows
    • Windrows at Bear Path Farm, Whately
      • On-Farm Compost programs accept:
      • ALL food, including meat, poultry, seafood, bones, cheese, oils
      • ALL paper including paper plates, compostable trays, napkins, paper towels, regular paper. Some farms accept milk cartons, paper cups, compostable plastics.
    • On-Farm Composting in Western Mass
      • Can be less expensive than trash
        • ($45/ ton vs. $75/ ton)
      • Reduce trash capacity/ less frequent pickups
      • Triple T Trucking, Brattleboro:
        • Services entire Pioneer valley
        • Pricing: $65/ 2 yd., $130/ 4 yd., p/u weekly
        • Tips @ Martin’s Farm, Greenfield; Shadow Brook Farm, Hampden
        • Peter Gaskill: (802) 254-5388
      • Alternative Recycling also hauls organics
      • Examples from Erving Elementary, Pioneer Regional School
    • Why Recycle and Compost in Schools? Recycling and composting:
      • can save money for schools
      • save space in local landfills
      • save energy
      • save natural resources
      • is educational
      • The school can be a model for rest of community: businesses, other schools, institutions, homes.
    • Starting a new school program (recycling/ composting)
      • Start w/ Principal, or teacher w/ enthusiasm (Green Team member?)
      • Find out current trash hauler, volume, frequency
      • Meet w/ teacher and Principal and other faculty/ staff custodians, kitchen (or, just meet w/ Principal)
      • Discuss current trash figures, potential savings via recycling/ composting (Conway saved $27/ mo.)
        • Allied Waste/ BFI; inexpensive recycling services
      • Places for recycling bins: kitchen, cafeteria, classrooms, hallways, gym, athletic fields
      • Get agreement on next steps/ implementation:
        • new hauling practices, equipment, signage, and roles
        • schedule educational pres., lunchtime trainings
    • Signage is important!
      • Bring 1 st draft to 1 st meeting w/ staff
      • Keep it simple: print & laminate final copy
    • Visual sign for elementary school cafeteria
    • Visual sign for elementary school cafeteria
    • More detailed sign for high school cafeteria: serves as a reference.
    • Educational Presentations:
      • Tailored to school and age group
        • Whole school assembly
        • Or break it into 2 grades @ a time
      • Ask Principal to require entire staff/ faculty to attend: all need to learn new practices, new program
      • Basic content of 20-40 min. presentation:
        • If time: MRF video
        • Why we recycle/ compost
          • Save: energy, space in landfills, resources, money
        • What is recyclable or compostable, what is not; pictures important, keep it specific to stuff kids/ school uses.
        • What happens to the materials: they have value!
        • New practices in school: what, when, how, who
      • Part 2: Lunchtime Trainings……
    • Recycle! at Buckland Shelburne Elementary Ms. Amy Donovan
    • Recycling Saves Energy :
      • Recycling 1 aluminum soda can saves the same amount of energy it would take to run a computer for 3 hours!
      http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_read.asp?id=238075142008 Greg Wittbecker, Director Corporate Metal Recycling Strategy, Alcoa Inc.
    • Recycling saves space in landfills. A plastic bottle in a landfill takes 700- 1000 years to go away.
    • Why Recycle? Recycling saves money.
      • La ndfills:
      • Towns pay the landfill
      • $65 - $100/ ton
      • to take our trash
      • Springfield MRF:
      • Materials Recycling Facility pays towns $15 - $50 ton for recycling
      Northampton Landfill
    • Recycling saves money at Turners Falls High School
      • 20 cubic yards of trash
      • every week! $$$$$$$
      • Allied Waste: trash
      • company charges
      • less to pick up recyclables
      • than they do for trash.
      • They sell the recyclables
      • to manufacturers.
      • Recycling Toter
    • What a waste! In the TFHS cafeteria: Every month: 1,800 plastic bottles sold (water, sports drink, juice) all go in the trash! That’s 18,000 bottles trashed each school year! That does not count the bottles bought at vending machines or brought from home.   New : recycle bin at vending machines New : recycling barrels
    • What is recyclable at the Springfield MRF? MRF= Materials Recycling Facility Accepts recycling from Western MA GREAT field trips! www.springfieldmrf.org
    • Recycle PAPER
            • (staples, paper clips, notebooks OK)
            • Envelopes
            • (plastic windows, labels, stamps OK)
    • Recycle PAPER
            • newspapers + inserts, shredded paper
            • magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paper bags
      in paper bag
            • phone books, paperback books; NO hard cover books
    • DO NOT recycle this paper:
      • NO paper products with food, oil
      • NO paper plates or cups
      • NO napkins, paper towels, tissues
      • NO egg cartons (compost or reuse)
      • NO Tyvek envelopes or w/ bubble wrap
      • NO copy paper wrappers
      • NO photographs
      • NO plastic wrappers!
    • Our paper recycling is:
      • Sent to Newark Mills, Fitchburg, MA
      • 78 Western MA communities recycle 32,000 tons a year.
      • Made into board games and
      • hard book covers.
      • Guess what book’s cover was made entirely from Western MA paper recycling? ......
    • Recycle metal :
      • Aluminum cans, tin cans and lids, aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates and aluminum trays
      • ___________________________
      • NO paint cans or spray cans
    • Recycle glass :
      • Glass bottles and jars of all colors
      • ______________________
      • NO light bulbs, dishes, glasses
    • Recycle cartons :
      • Drink boxes, juice & soy milk cartons, soup boxes
      • Recycle with other containers , not with paper.
      • Empty, and rinse when possible.
      • Throw away caps and straws.
      • ___________________________
      • NO Capri Sun pouches
    • What about milk cartons?
      • Due to odors, they have to be put in separate barrel with a clear bag.
      • First: pour leftover milk into bucket.
      • Please do not make a mess!
      • Throw away straws.
    • Recycle plastic :
      • Plastic bottles,
      • jars,
      • tubs,
      • and jugs
      • Food, soap, and beverage containers only!
      • Throw away bottle caps.
    • DO NOT recycle this plastic :
      • NO Styrofoam NO:
      • NO small items (butter packets, lids, straws)
      • NO PLASTIC BAGS, wrap
      • NO plastic packaging
      • NO clamshells
      • NO plastic cups, plates, utensils
    • Starting today in the cafeteria: Put bottles & cans in new recycling barrels: Put milk cartons into new milk carton barrel But first, empty liquids into bucket : Throw bottle caps, other trash in trash barrel : Do not contaminate recycling with food, liquids, or trash!
    • Lunchtime Trainings
      • If cafeteria recycling is being added, address students on 1 st day of new program, more days if needed.
      • Briefly address group when all seated:
        • ask them what is recyclable/ compostable from their trays and in lunchboxes
      • Show them new signs and bins/ barrels
      • Show them how to sort from tray.
      • Then stand near sorting area and assist.
      • Questions? Need more info?
      • Our website: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org
      • (413) 772-2438 [email_address]
      • Volunteers needed for Source to Sea Cleanup Oct. 2
      • Volunteers needed for lunch recycling; TFHS
      • Please don’t litter!