“We show them what goes in each container at the school. We aim to teach them that everyone can participate in some way, no matter how small. The whole school can have an impact,” said Recycling Coordinator Evelyn Jauregui, based out of Athens’ West LA office.
During the presentation, Evelyn asked students to identify which items belonged with waste, recycling, and organics.
“We discussed why this is important for everyone to get involved to reduce the environmental impact of food in landfills,” Evelyn said. After the presentation, students got an up-close look at a collection vehicle.
West LA Zero Waste Manager Alex Han said the program’s outreach goals are the following:
- Educate all stakeholders
- Provide the accurate level of recycling, organics, and trash service
- Assist the school in identifying their Zero Waste approach/goals
- Implement sorting stations and signage
- Gain a larger perspective on what happens to waste items
“We want schools to know the larger issues of how landfills and wasted food impact the environment and how schools can make a difference by sorting properly,” Evelyn said.
“We are so pleased with the presentation. The kids are still talking about it during lunch and recess to figure out which item goes in which container,” said Admissions Coordinator Arby Guevara-Munoz.
For more information on organics waste, go to Athens Food Waste Recycling.