In this video, students at a Charter School in Philadelphia participated in a year long school-wide recycling project. Take a look... )
Students, with support from the Physical Facilities Office of the School District of Philadelphia, collected plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper and recorded the amounts taken out of Philadelphia's waste stream. The project grew out of a District-wide Student Paper Recycling Initiative (SPRI) with the SDP John Sole created that provided training, ongoing support, and an unprecedented collaboration between the education and facilities sides of the District. At more than 20 District schools, students educated their peers, then collected, separated, and made sure that the recyclables were disposed of in the proper manner. Amounts of recyclables were recorded on computers then sent electronically to the appropriate facilities office. In this way, students in participating SPRI schools, were responsible for taking an increase of over 250,000 more pounds of recyclables out of the waste stream.