MHS Environmental Club Reboots Recycling

by Megan Freeman

On April 21, Alison Light, sophomore co-president of the Environmental Club, called together a meeting to discuss possible ways to empty the recycling more frequently and efficiently.  Associate Principal Jan Carlson, attendance/health clerk Kim Griffin, head counselor Lois Halls, and others concerned with the problem attended the meeting.

Light suggested a rotation of classes to handle emptying the recycling bins in specific halls.  The administration rejected it due to the teachers’ already tight schedules, but they are open to other suggestions.

“I can’t ask the teachers to take time out of their schedules to empty recycling,” said Carlson.  “Certain teachers already have their students do that, but I can’t make all of the classes participate. They’re just too busy.”

Light is currently working on a proposal in which the school clubs take responsibility for the issue.

“We could have it be mandatory for all clubs to take their turn emptying the bins at least once a year,” said Carlson.  “So one club could be responsible for the ones in the 100’s wing for a day.  It would just be one of their weekly or monthly meetings.  It doesn’t have to be a big deal.”

Currently, study hall supervisor Deirdre Eldridge has her sixth period students empty bins in the hallways.
“If teachers tell me that their bins are full, I can have my students empty them,” said Eldridge.  “Just call me or send me an email and we will take care of it.”

Custodian Vicky Perry maintains the bins on the quad.

“I have to empty them because otherwise they get too full,” she said.  “Kids don’t just put recycling in there, they throw everything in.  They would overflow if I didn’t empty them.”

Another reason to empty the bins frequently is because they attract animals like foxes and raccoons.

“Everyone wants to have recycling, but only a few people are willing to take that responsibility,” said Carlson.  “We all need to be good stewards of the resources we have on this campus and on this earth, and by emptying the recycling, we can begin to do that a little better.”