Rye Middle School joined all of the Rye Elementary Schools in implementing the We Future Cycle recycling-composting program. The launch was a huge success as all of the incoming 6th graders and most of their 7th grade school mates have done the program in their elementary school, they easily fell back into the routine of quickly sorting their waste. And 8th grade matched their stride with great enthusiasm.
Rye MS usually generated 140 lbs of waste from about 1000 students, in an impressive pile of 12 bags, all carried out one by one by the custodial staff, leaving behind a trail of dripping milk.
But no more, the We Future Cycle program separates liquids from packaging, and food from packaging. Easy quick movements to empty and sort. And the results are always the same. A stunning 96% diversion rate into recycling and composting. Only 6 lbs or 4% of the 140 lbs was non-recyclable and will have to be transported for incineration by Westchester County. That of course also means that 96% of the material is not adding to our air pollution, and we will retain the resources by recycling and composting them. Truly a win win on all sides.
And the numbers are adding up. A daily 136 lbs reduction in waste over the course of a school week is a 680 lbs reduction, and over the course of a school year, a whopping 12.25 TON reduction. That translated into volume and garbage bags would fill a school auditorium. 2200 bags of materials, diverted away from the garbage. Truly something to be proud of. And that is just one of the Rye schools!
The RMS community, led by principal Dr. Ann Edwards, were instrumental in achieving this result.