A very simple equation: what goes in, must come out.
This is valid for how New Rochelle’s schools are dealing with their garbage.
Here is a interesting article on how nationwide schools are the key to recycling and environmental awareness, but not all schools are equal in that regard.
New Rochelle’s schools were until 2011 doing absolutely nothing in ways of recycling.
I started pushing the issue and with great pride I can say that we now have 5 schools actively source separating in the lunchrooms as well as more or less streaming the building waste. There are still many ways on how that can be improved and the students are the key to it all.
Education and hands on involvement is what is needed to -literally- bring the message home.
But nothing is more detrimental to a child than to see that no matter his effort to recycle, the custodian will just throw it all back together.
Education is the key, but the adult support is the lock. We cannot open the door to a more sustainable future with all its benefits without adult commitment.
I am calling for New Rochelle’s schools to increase its environmental education and I am calling for Buildings and Grounds to actually live up to Mr Quinn’s recycling mandate.