There’s been a lot of coverage in the news lately about the danger our wonderful planet is in, and what we can all do to help. So with 2018’s Go Green week (12-16th February) fast approaching, this is the perfect time to take stock and consider how your PTA can do more to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Our recent poll showed that a lot of PTAs are already involved with some sort of green initiative, but some have yet to put a “go green” plan into action. So here are some easy ways to cut down on your PTA waste and start doing your bit to save the planet!
Recycling paper, plastic and glass at home is probably second nature by now, right? But if you’re still chucking those drink cans and event tickets in the bin after your disco or quiz night, now’s the time to change! Make sure you put out clearly labelled bins for general waste and recycling at each PTA event, you could even add pictures of what goes where so that even the smallest tot can do their bit. You could also look for greener alternatives for plastic straws, knives and forks and disposable cups. And you may even consider appointing a “Head of Green Initiatives” that can be responsible for overseeing the committee’s approach to recycling.
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These are very popular and easy fundraisers for PTAs, because you can recycle and make extra cash at the same time. There are many different schemes to choose from – clothes, shoes and textiles, CDs and DVDs, ink cartridges, mobile phones and more. Just Google “recycling in schools” and you’ll find a wealth of companies who specialise in this area. If your school has an Eco Council, they may like to help you decide which schemes to join, and they could also help you design promotional posters and leaflets to promote your initiatives to the school community.
Ideas for Going Green!
Some schools have come up with very imaginative ways to do reduce, reuse and recycle, so here are a few that we love!
Encourage parents and children to join in your green initiatives by holding a fun event like a “Trash Fashion” disco (kids can come dressed in outfits made of recycled stuff!) or a Swishing event (donate your unwanted clothes and buy other people’s) where you can promote your chosen recycling schemes with colourful posters, or have stalls for donations of old ink cartridges etc.
Surbiton High School’s Go Green Team have introduced an Upcycling Club, this sounds like so much fun!
@SurbitonHigh we are trying to reduce our contribution to this by adopting an attitude of reduce reuse recycle.— Surbiton High School Green Agenda (@SHSGoGreen) January 4, 2018
Therefore,upcycling club will be commencing w/b 8th Jan.
Whatever you would like to upcycle, bring it along and have a go. #itsnoteasybeinggreen https://t.co/PlRnuVP2ZK
Llanharan PTA took part in a Christmas card recycling competition organised by their local council:
And still on a Christmas theme, this school pledged to reuse Christmas wrapping, ribbon and boxes:
Friends of Charter School set up a JustGiving page to raise money for LED lightbulbs throughout the school:
Milk cartons can be used to make a very effective play igloo!
This greenhouse made from plastic bottles has a real wow effect! And you could even use it to grow fruit and vegetables to sell or use for fundraising events:
And how gorgeous are these wellington boot planters! Could be an ideal Mothers Day fundraiser…..
What does your school do towards reducing, reusing and recycling? We’d love to hear about it! Tweet us @PTAsocial or email us or share your ideas with over 400 other PTA-ers in our fast-growing Facebook PTA Q&A group!
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