Fulmar Students Embrace Waste Not, Want Not Strategy



February 01, 2018

“If something is considered trash, or unwanted, does that mean we can’t use it?” That was the question Catherine Leist, program assistant for the Center for Environmental Education at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, asked Fulmar Road Elementary School students when she visited their classrooms recently.
 
The students’ response: “No, we can recycle it!”
 
Leist visited the students to talk about reducing or eliminating trash in their lunches, in their classrooms—and in their lives. “The great thing about human beings is that they are really smart,” Leist told students. “So, although people created the problem of trash in our environment, people are also coming up with the solutions!”
 
Among the solutions Leist discussed with students — reusing and recycling.
 
“Each person creates about four pounds of trash every day,” Leist said. “And each classroom creates about 100 pounds a day.”
 
Though the figures are daunting, “If you just make some simple changes, you can make a whole world of difference,” Leist said.
 
“Instead of buying individual-sized snacks packs, like potato chips, you can by them in a big bag and put them into reusable individual containers,” Leist told students. She added that using a reusable water bottle instead of bottled water can have an incredible impact, as can using reusable lunch containers and bags instead of plastic or paper products.
 
“If you are excited to recycle and reuse, you will get other people excited,” Leist told students. “And a change in attitude can make a change in habits — and that can change the whole world!”
 
 
Fulmar Road students learn the many ways to reuse and recycle from Center for Environmental Education’s Catherine Leist.