Are you interested in setting up a recycling program at your high school? It may seem difficult to get a large population of teenagers willing to do something good for the environment, but if you follow these steps you can take the first step to help save the world.

First, you will need to get some help. Get a lot of your friends, grab a helpful teacher, and ask them to help you form an “Environmental Awareness Organization” or a “Recycling Club.” The reason for this step is that starting a program for recycling will be much easier if you have help, and getting started will be a breeze with dedicated volunteers. Flyers and posters advertising your club will ensure that many people know your goals and want to help with them.

Next, once you have a full-fledged environmental army, you can now begin your school’s transition from waste to conservation. You will first need to make sure from now on; all trash is divided into separate bins organized by the specific material placed in each one. Large signs, paint, or different coloured bins will have to differentiate the bins into the following categories: compost, plastic, paper, aluminium, and rubbish. Slowly transition your school from putting all their trash wastefully into one source to having the mind-set of an environmentally conscious world citizen who realises that resources are not as abundant as they seem.

To prevent lazy students from merely putting all of their garbage in one bin, education is needed on responsibility and the fragility of natural resources and the harm of waste and other important causes. This recycling program is also a good idea as your school can sell the metal and plastic to recycling centres, where otherwise, the materials would just go to waste anyway. The recycling program is now a win-win situation for both your school and the planet.

Another major aspect of a school recycling program is to reduce trashy litter. If trash is just thrown on the floor, what is the purpose of having a recycling program in the first place? Students may volunteer to pick up trash or indeed students can be punished by getting put to work keeping your school’s campus clean and environmentally conscious. Excess rubbish bins can be placed along the perimeter of the school in order to deter litterers and also protect your school’s local ecosystem.

A key portion of establishing a recycling program is, as you can see, getting many rubbish bins. More recycling cans make students much less likely to litter, and having five or so wheelie bins clearly marked “plastic”, “aluminium”, “paper”, “compost”, and “rubbish”, as opposed to one merely marked “trash”, may seem like it is a small step, but if every school were to follow your lead, these thousands of tiny steps will all create a giant leap in the right direction for both humanity and the environment.

A school recycling program may seem like a distraction from school work, but waste in the present may make tomorrow’s vision seem dark. Since a school-wide program for recycling will pay for itself in a matter of months, a short investment for a few posters and recycling bins will be a very great investment for the future, both economically and socially.

Every school should have a recycling program and you can start your school and its students on a fresh start to a brighter future with just the replacement of one recycle bin where there once was only a waste bin.

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