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Greenburgh Nature Center, Edgemont HS Hasten To End Waste

A Zero Waste team at Edgemont High School is encouraging students and staff to recycle items in new sorting containers.
A Zero Waste team at Edgemont High School is encouraging students and staff to recycle items in new sorting containers. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- A newly formed Zero Waste Team at Edgemont High School is striving to encourage eco-friendly practices at the school in Scarsdale.

The team, a join effort of Greenburgh Nature Center, Edgemont School Foundation, and Edgemont High School, wants to make sure students and staff sort recyclables and trash at new waste sorting stations they will provide.

The team's motto is "stop, think, and act." The effort has already had success at other schools in Scarsdale, said a release.

Last spring the nature center worked with students at Seely Elementary and Greenville Elementary and successfully reduced waste there by up to 90 percent.

The average person generates 4.40 pounds of waste per day, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, so a goal of "zero waste" would be impactful.

The Zero Waste Team members found that though recycling bins are in place at EHS, waste was not being properly sorted, which is how the group was formed.

Students, administrators, and staff will be encouraging students and staff to separate recyclables and trash and deposit them into new sorting stations in the cafeteria and high-traffic areas of the school. There will be signage to clarify how and where to place materials.

Also, staff from the Greenburgh Nature Center staff will be on site as the system gets underway.

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