Odyssey allready has recylce bins, but how many of you students know about them? And for any of you who do, how many of you actualluy USE them? Not many. Odyssey uses a TON of paper each day. Infact the highschool office alone orders 30 reams of paper every rwo weeks. One ream holds 500 sheets of paper, that is on average, thrown away only hours after being printed. Thats 15,000 sheets of paper being thrown away, wasted, never to be used again.
Not only the amount of paper, but the cost! One ream of paper cost $2.70. The school records that on average $165 dollars a month is spent on paper alone, that usually goes to waste. And thats ONLY white paper. Another $30-$40 dollars is spent on colored paper each month. And like I said, thats the highschool office alone. The K-8 office spends almost DOUBLE that amount on white paper alone.
So what if, instead of recycle bins being in places that students don't normally go, the school placed one in each classroom, including the learning lab. It would be way more excessible for students, and much easier then searching for one of the "hidden" bins. Kids would find recycling paper, easy as throwing it away.
Still not convinced? What's in it for you? What if there was some type of reward? What can go wrong with that? Maybe have each class compete to see who can recycle the most, and offer the winning class a pizza party. OR maybe set a school wide goal to recycle a certain amount of paper, and the WHOLE school gets a pizza party!
No matter how you look at it, everyone wins. The school gets money back, we get free food, AND most importantly,we're helping the enviorment as we're doing all this.
So, what do you guys think? Let me know! I've already talked to administration about this idea, and so far, I've had nothing but good feedback! If we can get enough support, we could see this happening as soon as next semester! So let me know!
Again, thanks for taking the time to read!
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