By Anna Burton
We at East have started a new recycling program with good reasoning. This program is run by Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Michaud. This program is not that easy to maintain for two reasons. One, some students don't read the signs near the recycling bins and put trash in there. Two, no one is there to help them with the recycling process. We need more students to be involved.
Many schools in the RCSD don't recycle even though it’s mandated for each school to recycle. According to Green school-recycling and more, “Public and private schools, institutions of higher education and any other educational institutions in New York State are required to recycle materials collected in their local recycling program.” This mean we already should have been recycling.
Mrs. Michaud said it is too early to tell how the new initiative is affecting the school. She wants some of the students to take recycling out into their future. So far the program has made $30, which means they recycled 600 cans this year. This isn't just to make revenue; it’s slowly saving our planet. According to Mrs. Michaud the reason why the recycling program came alive is because we didn't have one and the landfills are so big that it’s scary. If we recycle it will reduce what goes to the landfill, which leaves some more room for trees and other plants to grow. We truly need more trees because all of our forests are being burned down intentionally. She believes that recycling is important, but we should also reuse and reduce, which can help stop the problem a lot better.