Here at Milwaukee Montessori School, our educational legacy includes fostering behaviors that can help us repair the damage that pollution has caused the planet. Ironically, 75% of our trash could be recycled instead of filling up landfills, so at MMS we recycle just about everything, specifically:
1. PAPER - we re-use paper and make double-sided copies, and we were well ahead of our time moving to electronic communication a decade ago. Why? Because approximately one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away in United States every year. The amount of wood and paper thrown away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
2. PLASTIC – we are especially concerned about discarded plastic bags because they kill over a million sea creatures a year after being used for an average of 12 minutes. Mr. Swanson’s Upper Elementary class is especially vigilant is collecting bags. Our goal this year is to collect and recycle 5,000 pounds of plastic bag material.
3. GLASS - for every ton of recycled glass, we prevent 315 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
4. METAL – recycling even one aluminum can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours and a TV for 2 hours.
5. TEXTILES – we donate unclaimed lost and found textiles and fabrics to clothing charities and that means less land, water, and fertilizer is needed to grow cotton.
6. BATTERIES - we collect batteries and turn them in specially so as the casings corrode, the chemicals won’t leach into the soil and make their way into our water supply, including the ocean.
7. ELECTRONICS – we make a point of reusing and recycling electronics responsibly.
8. FOOD – at MMS we compost food because in the United States alone, 33.7 million tons of food is wasted every year - enough to fill the Empire State Building 91 times.
Making sure that we recycle, compost, and save water and electricity are all ways that we work to prepare our children today to become the environmental stewards of tomorrow!