RECYCLING PROJECT By: Tanya Leon and Manuel Olivas
Question of the day Have you ever stopped andwondered how “trash” could be auseful item to the system ofrecycling? Let us tell you ourjourney in our recyclingproject, so you can see how muchpeople would really contribute.
Donations May 1st Tanya and Manuel drove down to ACE Hardware store and Dollar general to ask for donations. They received five bins from ace and two more bins from a Dollar General staff member.
Decorating May 3rdStudents had a long day cleaning and decorating the binsboth at home and in school.
Delivering Bins May 4th The Participants delivered one bin to recycle paper at ACE Hardware. They also took two bins to Agri- Inject Inc. One to recycle paper and the other for plastic bottles. The rest of the bins were located at the Yuma Library, the Yuma Hospital, and the Catering Room at YHS.
Switching The Bins May 6thTanya and Manuel hadto swap around someof the bins becausesome of the locationsweren’t recycling aswell. The studentsreplaced them atdifferent places wherepeople did recycle.
Pick up Bins May 7th The students had a lot of success with Agri-Inject Inc. The staff members were able to fill up their bins with plastic bottles.Not much paper was collected from ACE due to the fact that they hadconfidential paperwork. But for the students anything was better then nothing!
Pick up Bins May 7thFor a whole week the Catering roomwas the proud owner of two bins, aplastic one and a can one where thestudents collected quite a lot of things.Shop-all, our local grocery storegot a bin t0o where plenty ofplastic bags from the customerswhere recycled.
Pictures for Power Point May 9th The two students got to work on the power point gathering new ideas and images to put in their work.
Extra Effort May 10thAfter one longday of workinghard on the powerpoint theparticipantsdecided to go onemore day strongto add moredetails.
InterviewsWhat do you think about recycling? Sergio: I think it’s some thing that we all should be taking more seriously. Holly: It’s important and this community doesn’t do enough of it.Have you ever recycled before? Sergio: I always try and recycle my batteries, but it’s difficult to find a place where to take them. Holly: Yes, I have recycled cans my whole life and I recycle magazines and cardboard at school.Do you think a recycling company would have much successin this community? Sergio: If it was done the right way! It will be hard since we are such a small town. Holly: Yes, I think all communities should have recycling.
InterviewsWhat are some things you know of that can be recyclable? Sergio: Plastic, glass, oil, paper, food waste, and grease. Holly: Plastic, paper, cardboard, clothes, nearly anything, and I know there are levels to this too.Would you recycle if it cost you money? If it was free? Sergio: I would but it would have to be convenient. I would still do it because it has a lot of benefits but convenience is first. Holly: I would because I hate not recycling and not contributing to my community.Would recycling bring our community together? Sergio: Recycling doesn’t bring us together, it’s the action that does. Holly: It would bring a lot of people together.
RecognitionsSergio- ACE Hardware manager. Sergio played a big role in our project. He was willing to donate five recycling bins to our project. That might not sound like a lot but it summed up to be approximately eighty dollars!Elda Sauer- Yuma High School Advisor Elda was a really great advisor for this program. Elda kept us motivated and stay on track. Most importantly, she guided us through this project to help us overcome the obstacles. Manny Olivas shaking hands with Sergio after a donation of five recycling bins.
RecognitionsHolly Kuecke- FCCLA Adviser Holly helped much on giving us the ideas of where of bins could go. She was also great with giving us class time to get our project done, and like always she motivated us to get everything done on time. Tanya Leon getting Ideas from Holly Kuecke. Gail Pallesen- Staff Member of Dollar General Gail was the person who also donated two bins to our project and out of her own pocket.
At the end of the DayAre you still wondering why “trash” is a usefulitem to recycling? Well, let us tell you that if theaverage person recycled one glass bottle a day itwould cause 20% less air pollution and 50% lesswater pollution. Recycling really isn’t that hard youjust have to find the courage to but a “trash” itemin a recycling bin and not the dumpster.