Students in grades K through 8 at Mt Vernon’s Hamilton Elementary School are learning that they have an important role to play in saving our Earth, with the help of custodian Craig and his team, plus lunch monitors and kitchen staff.
Before now, the trash bin was the only one in use in the lunchroom. Orange peels, plastic sporks, and napkins joined chip bags and straws in the trash, and about 100 lbs a day was carted to the Peekskill incinerator where it would be burned, creating endless smoke and pollution. Of this 100lbs,
Now, children choose where to put their waste and leftovers. Through the simple act of sorting, students on launch day were able to keep 93.5% of their waste and leftovers from going to the incinerator (about 42.5 lbs were compostables, 12 lbs recyclables, and 29 lbs liquids). Instead, plastic containers are recycled. Dirty napkins are composted. Liquids are sent to the wastewater treatment facility to be cleaned until they can be part of the water cycle again.
The students know that because of their individual actions, our Earth will be a little bit cleaner, and that together, we can make a huge difference.