How Do We Re•Duce, Re•Use, and Re•Cycle?
This year at Hattiesburg High, we are going to use our Polymer Emissaries Club (and the Lab RATS program and 3R Club) to educate HPSD students and parents on the importance of recycling metals, paper, AND plastics. We will use curricula from a variety of sources to address the educational process for our district, and we will make a concerted effort to ReDuce, ReUse, and ReCycle plastics (and other materials) more effectively.
The first way to impact our Plastics Waste is to REDUCE...
We must educate our students and parents on the importance of reducing the need for plastics in many areas. We can use reusable shopping bags for small grocery purchases at Wal-Mart and other locations. We just need to keep the reusable bags in the car and ready to go to market with us. We can also reduce the number of plastic bottles we use by using a washable water bottle and using larger water containers or water purification systems in our homes. We can also reduce our need for many other plastic materials, but these two are, by far, the most commonly used (and discarded) plastics in our home garbage streams.
The second way to impact the amount of plastics waste we produce is to REUSE...
In this case, we can repurpose plastics from an original use to a more permanent form. In our efforts in this area, the Polymer Emissaries and the Lab RATS will complete art recycling projects through the 3R program to repurpose common household plastics trash into permanent (and hopefully aesthetically pleasing) artwork. Stay tuned to our blog page for more details on individual projects in this area.
The final way we will impact the amount of plastics waste in our homes is to RECYCLE plastics effectively.
We wish to educate ourselves and our district students and parents on wise recycling habits concerning plastics (and other materials). We will get information from the Lumberton Recycling center in order to inform ourselves of "best practices" in this area.