Week 16 and we’re a third of the way there! Four months down, eight to go. Just that by itself seems amazing, considering how far we’ve come since July 6 when we started the Green Garbage Project. Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our project – it really helps to have conscientious family and friends who try really hard not to bring garbage into our lives.
My update this week will be short because my teaching life is taking priority right now. Grades are due on Friday, and I’m grading essays like a fiend. Next week, I’ll round out whatever I don’t mention in tonight’s post.
The subject of teaching, however, has been on my mind a lot since our last Master Recycler Class (Thursday’s class is the last class, by the way. Again, amazing how time flies). At last week’s class, we listened to a presentation from a woman who talked with us about the Oregon Green Schools program, a program I intend to get involved in this year. The title of “Green School” is given to Oregon schools that demonstrate a commitment to reducing their impact through recycling and waste reduction programs. The elementary school in our district is a Green School, but the high school where I teach isn’t. The elementary coordinator has approached me and asked if I would head up the effort to get the high school certified and of course I said yes. Now, I need to get a team of students together to help me in this effort.
In a lucky coincidence, I had a student approach me last week because she was interested in starting a green club at school. Sounds like the beginnings of a program with lots of potential to me…. Anyway, this is one of my upcoming projects, now that the first quarter of the school year is already over.
As far as garbage goes, we’re doing well. I’ve not talked about the contents of the shoebox for awhile, but rest assured they stay about status quo. Any time we have visitors, they ask to see our garbage collection and all can attest that it’s not full yet! In fact, we have a ways to go before that even becomes a concern. All the items I’ve blogged about are in there, and the vast majority is plastic packaging – from things like medicine and moving. Almost none is food-related. We’re about to add two new items to the box, and they will add some bulk. Two floodlight bulbs in our new house have burned out. These bulbs were left behind by the previous owner and will be replaced by CFLs, but we have to incur the garbage they create. This marks the first time a light bulb has been added to the box. I’ll be researching these to see if any recycling options exist, but I doubt it.
Also, some tiny plastic clothing tags were added to the box this week as my one remaining pair of jeans got a hole in them. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s nearly impossible to avoid the small plastic tags associated with clothing – even secondhand stores tag their clothes with these things. Luckily, they aren’t bulky, but I hate to think about them ending up somewhere in the environment where an animal could ingest them.
That’s it for this week. Happy Halloween!