On 31 October the Green Team and their volunteers gave up their Sunday morning to help reduce waste at ISA. Over two days the Green Team collected garbage bags from around the school that volunteers would sift through to ensure that the waste was disposed of properly.
The Green Team discovered some good news, as well as some areas of improvement. On the plus side— the total amount of non-recycled waste collected went down since last year, despite a rising school population. But on the down side— the food waste continues to climb. The Green Team found a whopping 85kg of food that had been thrown in general waste, despite prominently labeled food bins. Another problem was finding 6kg of plastic bottles that were not thrown out in the designated plastic bins.
Over the next year the Green Team and the cafeteria staff will work on solutions to ensure that less food is wasted and that waste is properly disposed of. Some recommendations will include:
- Encouraging students to bring reusable plastic bottles to school either by bringing one from home or purchasing reusable Doppler bottles from the PTA Store
- Supporting better waste disposal habits at home by encouraging students to segregate and throw waste into the right trash bins at home
Everyone can play their part in reducing unnecessary waste going to landfill: so please ‘Think Before You Throw’! With these efforts we hope to see less waste at next year’s Trash Audit!