Along with being responsible stewards of our own campus, Jemicy encourages our community to help maintain the health of the larger watershed. Last spring a group of Jemicy folk – teachers, students, and their families – gathered for a Litter Blitz to collect trash along Herbert Run in Ellicott City.
Many of the same energetic group and several new participants showed up this fall weekend to tackle a new section of the Patapsco that is prone to dumping. Under the guidance of Patapsco Heritage Greenway organizers, volunteers filled dozens of large bags with both trash and recyclables from the stream banks, while numerous tires were hauled out of the river itself.
You just never know what you’re going to find…
We look forward to our next stream-cleaning event!
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.
Students in the lower school worked this week to identify ways to reduce the amount of waste from lunches that ends up in our school trashcans. After discussing the options for different kinds of trash, we practiced sorting items into appropriate containers: trashcan, recycling bin, and compost.
This activity made it clear that packing small amounts of food in reusable containers (not ziplock bags) would reduce the most trash ending up in the landfill. Here are some tips from SuperKids Nutrition to help plan trash-free lunches.
Jemicy has a long-standing practice of recycling paper, aluminum cans, and plastics. Our recycling contractor, Cockey’s Enterprises, collects single-stream materials from a dumpster located below the parking area. Every week, Star Group students circulate through the school, collecting recyclables from classrooms and offices and depositing them in the recycling dumpster.
If you are unsure about what can be recycled at Jemicy, please refer to this chart: