Mountain View 3rd and 4th graders analyze and reduce the school's trash and present their findings in a video clip.
As part of the ECO-school's pathway "Consumption and Waste" and in conjunction with the 3rd grade curriculum on recycling, both Mountain View 3rd grade classes recently analyzed the schoolyard trash. They learned that the majority of our trash is actually compostable, thanks to the fact that our hot lunch provider uses certified compostable containers and utensils. However, it often isn't sorted correctly. According to one student, "lots of compost was in the bin that goes to landfill and lots of trash was in the compost bin." The 3rd grade classes jumped into action: during the past two weeks, students positioned themselves next to the various elementary recycling stations on the schoolyard to help their fellow students sort correctly. Over the course of the next two weeks, the 4th grade students will continue these efforts. Our aim is to have as little trash as possible go to landfill!
This project was supported by the parents of the Mountain View Green Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by one of our 8th grade ECO-Committee student member, who made the following video about the 3rd grade trash project: