Bridgeport schools launch recycling program

Bridgeport Public School’s 2013-14 school year marks the launch of the district-wide single stream recycling program. All students and staff at each of the schools and administrative offices will participate in the program, which will teach students how to recycle in school and at home.

Green teams consisting of school principals, staff and students will be created at each school to help implement an effective program. Team members will help encourage participation, monitor and collect recycling. Participation in a school recycling program offers hands-on, real life learning skills and helps team members actively manage their natural resources while at school through reducing the use of raw materials, energy consumption and air and water pollution.

“Learning the importance of recycling and caring for the environment is an important part of becoming a 21st Century citizen,” Superintendent Paul Vallas said. “We are proud to launch a full scale recycling program in each o our schools.”

The goal of the program is to increase recycling rates, education students on hour to be green and create active environmental role models for future generations.

In accordance with the Mandatory Recycling Act, Connecticut schools must recycle along with other municipal agencies, residents and businesses. Through creating the BPS Recycling program, the district will join the city of Bridgeport, which in 2011 implemented a single stream recycling program throughout the city. Single stream recycling is part of the city’s BGreen 2020 Sustainability Plan. Since implementation, recycling rates for the city have doubled.

BGreen is a public/private partnership between the city and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council to develop and implement a comprehensive sustainability plan for Bridgeport. Mayor Bill Finch is one of more than 1,000 mayors across the United States who have signed on to plans to reduce their city’s carbon footprint.

Single stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper, plastics, metals, glass and other containers are collected in one recycling bin and then sorted at a recycling facility. The district-wide plan was created by the Board of Education’s operations department following a pilot recycling project funded by and Environmental Protection Agency grant.

More information, including a video presentation, will be made available to staff and student by the BOE’s operations department for guidance on implementation.

For more information, call the facilities department at 203-275-2730.

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