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Will Walters

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Recycling is a fundamental structure for the protection of the environment and maintaining a stable supply of useful resources. Everyone should make an effort to recycle. Many teachers and students have expressed a desire to work together to implement a recycling program here at Thales Rolesville.

 

According to an article entitled “School Recycling,” found in, “Greening at the Grass Roots,” by Amanda Spake (et al.) that was produced by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Health and Safety Program in 2012, “People, businesses, schools and other organizations generate, on average, 4.7 pounds of waste per person every day.” This figure has likely risen since then. Ms. Spake continues by adding, “Schools and other education facilities often are among the largest waste generators in any city, county, or state.”  Thales Academy Rolesville (JH/HS) has a student body of at least 500. A quick calculation based on the number in the quote above and the number of students suggests that 1.125 tons of trash are accumulated each day, and approximately 200 tons each school year. This number is likely relatively small compared to the actual number that cannot be calculated accurately.

 

Our school desperately needs recycling. A makeshift program could easily be created if encouraged. Reuse water bottles, hold on to papers until later, and reduce waste overall. The environment needs to be sustained and everyone must work to do that.

 

https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/bmmbschoolrecycle2012.pdf

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