GrowNYC is teaming up with DNAinfo.com, a local digital news service, to award one lucky Manhattan school with a Recycling Champions Program. GrowNYC will provide the winning school with staff and student recycling workshops, a school-wide environmental event and technical assistance to improve the schools recycling program. The K-12 public school with the most votes wins. The contest ends June 30 and the program will begin in September – enter the school contest and vote now. Good luck!
GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program works hands-on with multiple schools across NYC to develop model, lasting school recycling programs. By working directly with faculty, administration, students, and custodians in a school, Recycling Champions aims to create best practice guides, resources, and tools that will be made available to every school in NYC. During its first year, Recycling Champions outreached to 8,013 students and 643 classroom teachers.
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Last summer, GrowNYC hired Robert Lock as a school recycling coordinator.
Since September, when Lock's "Recycling Champions" program began, he has visited 17 schools in all five boroughs. The charitible giving wing of Coca Cola company funds his activities.
Lock is especially focused on cafeterias, said GrowNYC's assistant director, Julie Walsh, where he tries to implement the recycling of beverage containers and the composting of food waste. In classrooms, he begins by focusing on paper recycling.
NYC’s Departments of Sanitation and Education both require schools to recycle, and the DOE aims to double recycling in schools by next year, which may be difficult to track because they have no waste auditing system for schools in place.
The Department of Sanitation does not pick up food waste, but Walsh said that schools with gardens have started implementing their own composting programs. The Brooklyn New School has one of the most ambitious school food waste worm composting systems in NYC.
You can reach Robert Lock at email@example.com or 212-676-2081.