The Issue: Waste in Schools
According to the findings of Stop Trashing the Climate, when waste is buried in a landfill it releases more damaging greenhouse gases than coal-fired plants. Schools without recycling or composting programs contribute significantly to that waste. There, students can also remain unaware of the positive impact they can have by composting food scraps or eating with reusable plates and utensils. By assisting schools in implementing recycling and composting programs and helping children actively participate in these programs, communities can help to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Campaign: Providing Recycling Containers for Schools
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Eco-Cycle can install recycling and compost containers in one local school, thanks to matching funds from an anonymous family foundation. Eco-Cycle's Green Star School program will provide one compost dumpster outside the building, roughly 50 5-gallon compost containers for classrooms, offices, and bathrooms, 60 recycling containers for classrooms and offices, and roughly eight recycling and compost containers for the cafeteria, kitchen, and hallways. Each additional $10 donation, with matching donations, will go toward providing another school with recycling and compost bins.
All donations will be matched by an anonymous family foundation. To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will also provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
More than 35 years ago, Boulder residents who were committed to environmental conservation formed Eco-Cycle, using the organization to help launch one of the nation's first curbside-recycling programs. Having grown into an internationally known recycler, Eco-Cycle now operates recycling drop-off points throughout Boulder County, provides more than 800 local businesses with recycling collections, and operates CHaRM, Colorado's first community recycling center for electronic waste.
To help teach children the importance of recycling and living sustainably, Eco-Cycle runs several educational programs in partnership with local schools. These programs reach more than 25,000 students from kindergarten through high school each year, and include the Green Star Schools program, which works to reduce waste in all aspects of school life. Through the program's Zero Waste training, schoolchildren gain hands-on experience recycling, composting, and conserving every day. Participating schools can reduce their landfill waste by an average of two-thirds through the use of reusable utensils and plates, handmade cloth napkins, and reusable storage containers.