Let's talk TRASH! (That is exactly what makes up most of our waste.) Waste is something that is left over or that it is no longer needed. Waste can cause pollution and impact our children's health and their environment if not properly managed.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Waste reduction comes before recycling. Waste reduction is decreasing or eliminating the amount of materials initially used. If you start out - before making a purchase - by considering what your needs are, and cutting waste to begin with, you are practicing waste reduction. By stopping to think before you shop, you can keep products and packages out of the landfill and conserve our natural resources.
Recycling is collecting and remanufacturing materials already used. Your role does not have to stop at the recycling receptacle. Take recycling to the next level by buying recycled products, reducing waste, reusing items and shopping with the environment in mind.
Pollution prevention means making changes in operational procedures, processes and improvements in housekeeping or management techniques that reduce potential or actual releases of pollutants to the overall environment (air, water and land).
Household Hazardous Wastes
Green Schools are environmentally healthy schools. They provide healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, resource efficient, water efficient and safe environments for our children. Children are affected by environmental contaminants differently from adults, and so children typically may be more highly exposed to contaminants and are more vulnerable to their toxic effects.