Jemicy’s single-stream recycling program accepts the bulk of our paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass. However, there are other many items that it cannot handle, such as most commercial packaging from school lunches. Fortunately, a company called TerraCycle provides the means to dispose of these items responsibly through their free recycling program. Jemicy middle school students completed surveys to find out which TerraCycle items they would be most likely to recycle.
Juice pouches and chip bags were the top choices, so these are now deposited in designated bins in the lunchroom.
So far this effort is proving very successful at keeping these recyclables out of the trash dumpster, and we hope to expand this program to the lower school soon.