Registered: December 2010
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This past summer and fall, my classmates and I experienced the hottest climate in Los Angeles. With summer school and then the new school year beginning, numerous of my classmates, to include my teachers, were thirsty. With an overpopulating school of three-thousand plus students, can you imagine how many sixteen ounce Gatorade and Aquafina water bottles can be accumulated? Sadly, my high school had no recycling activity whatsoever. Because of that, all possible recyclables were either put in ordinary trash cans or were just left lying on the floor – polluting the school and making our janitors’ jobs harder – and as being tomorrow’s leaders, well we’re not helping the world by that. It was time to take action. I decided to ask my Senior Army Instructor for reinforcement to help start a recycling campaign at my school…
At faculty meetings, my Senior Army Instructor announced for the cooperation of all teachers to please have a recycling container (a plain box) for recyclables. All the students have to do is simply drop their recyclable in the box and once the box is filled up, it is later turned into my JROTC unit where cadets neatly put the plastic bottles in big trash bags. Those bags are later taken to a recycling center where in exchange you get money. What a great fundraiser for the JROTC, right? This is a fundraiser that helps save the world, one bottle at a time.
At first this recycling program did work out but there were still bottles thrown away in regular trash cans and still left lying around campus. I noticed this and decided to actually take this recycling campaign on a full ride. I figured, the reason why bottles and cans were improperly thrown away was because there were no recycling bins to properly dispose them. I spoke with one of my school’s Assistant Principals and agreed for the school to purchase recycling bins. They were costly but it was for a good cause and can later be reimbursed.
Once these recyclables bins were put to effort, posters were also put into effect. Such slogans like “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” or giant green arrows pointing to recycling bins, further enforced the recycling cause. As time progressed, fewer bottles were visible in campus because now they were properly disposed.
This campaign sky-rocketed during summer and fall. As winter approached the result wasn’t as astounding but nevertheless you still see the presence of the recycle bins and the classroom boxes. Now there’s no reason of why a sixteen ounce Gatorade or an Aquafina plastic water bottle can’t be properly disposed. It’s important to take small steps towards helping the earth because as teenagers, it’s something practicable that we can do right now and as we get older, we can move on to do greater projects that will have an even bigger impact for this planet. Right now it may seem like a small step to help clean the world – one bottle at a time – but when you take a campaign like this school wide (meaning numerous thirsty students and teachers in hot Los Angeles), boy! The result is magnificent and knowing that you’re doing this for a good cause, makes you want to re-think about throwing a bottle to the floor.