Once the nuts and bolts of the program have been established, the next big step is to introduce the program internally to staff, faculty, and students. Brainstorm ways to get the word out to everyone because everyone in the school community will be contributing to the program’s success.
Practices and Procedures
Make sure all parties involved in the new program are on the same page. By devising an outline that specifically states expected practices and procedures, you will avoid potential confusion.
Meet with key contacts, including your recycling company, custodial manager and head custodians to review the outline. Key contacts from each school can disseminate the recycling practices and procedures to staff and teachers.
Staff and Faculty Education
The most economical way to reach staff and faculty is electronically. Whenever possible, send information in an e-mail. If your school has a website, the information can be posted there as well. If interoffice memos are commonly used to distribute relevant information, this method may be a preferable way to notify staff and faculty. Meetings and presentations with staff and faculty are the best ways to answer questions and make sure everyone is fully aware of the program.
Suggestions for educating students include:
- Add an article to a school newsletter. (Assign the article to a student!)
- Organize a kick-off assembly with student participation.
- Reinforce the message with posters and other visual aids throughout the schools.
- Post signs at all trash and recycling containers.
More ideas to spread the word!
Rewards or awards for model classes or recyclers are a great way to encourage students. You can also promote single stream recycling by having students:
- Create a game, game show, or mini-books.
- Make posters, mobiles or artwork.
- Research natural resources or recycling processes.
- Write educational articles to post to the school website.
Students and staff should be very familiar with the details of their school’s recycling program and the benefits of recycling. Continuous ongoing education in schools is essential because there is a turnover of students every year. Educate parents during PTO meetings as well!