New Waste Diversion Program: How You Can Help

Over the past month, a joint initiative between the Township of Langley and School District #35 was introduced to schools related to waste diversion and recycling. And as we continue to work at West Langley on creating successful learners in the 21st Century, we saw this as a great opportunity to include our students as a vested and authentic part of solving this important problem. We have a group of dedicated leaders in grade 5 and 7 who will be taking a large role in helping retrain our students to sort their garbage into organics, recycling and waste. These Lion C.U.B.S. (Children United for Better Sustainability) had the idea that we send a blog post home to parents to let them know what they can do to help reduce waste that ends up in our landfills.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AT HOME?

  • Work with your child to create a “waste-free lunch” that utilizes reusable containers instead of throw-away bags. Click here for a great website with helpful tips on how to do this.
  • Encourage your child to bring home any food they do not finish at school to be eaten later or by someone else
  • Show them at home where to look for the recycling code on plastics. Remember the numbers that can be put in the blue bin are 1,2,4,5
  • Help children remember to rinse containers before putting them in the blue recycling bin.

Some feedback from you would be great. Please write your comments below this post. We are interested in the following:
1. Do you currently separate your waste at home? If so, what ways have you helped to retrain the habits of your family?

2. What other tips would be useful for parents at home related to waste diversion?

3. What other ways can we help re-train the students here at West Langley?

3. What can we do at school to help students become better at sorting their garbage.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jaimy Sawatzky on November 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    We (mom) separates our waste and rinse it with a bit of help from my boys. But I love that they are learning it at school too. Now I can get them doing their own. I actually was ziplocks which are now recyclable. Crazy I know! I just think they are handy and take up less room in lunches and I have told them not to throw them out b/c we wash and re-use them. They do pretty good with it.

    Jaimy

    Reply

  2. That is so great. And yes, it is a great to have kids take home their zip lock bags so that they can be re-used several times.

    Reply

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