Since the start of the school year, dozens of Nighthawks have expressed the desire to increase recycling on campus. Although there are currently many recycling bins around Nightingale, concerns about how often recyclables end up in the trash or on the ground have led to several D3 projects. When eighth grader Kevin found a sustainable alternative to the duct tape wallet model, one that uses old snack bags rather than tape for materials, many students were excited to make these. Others have begun raising awareness by creating recycling stickers and distributing these. Seventh grader Alison has even designed a campus-wide program to reinforce the separation of trash and recyclable bottles. She has created separate boxes for bottles and will collect these regularly from classrooms. The system motivates students to recycle by offering the class with the most bottles a party that is funded by bottle return money.
Eager to discover more ways to recycle with a purpose, some eighth graders have scheduled a meeting with Christine @ruckusroots, a local non-profit that works with students to transform excess trash into student made sustainable art. Stay tuned for updates!