Waste Management of Hattiesburg offers ‘green’ tips for back to - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Waste Management of Hattiesburg offers ‘green’ tips for back to school

File Photo File Photo
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Waste Management

As nearly 50 million students head back to elementary and secondary school, and an additional 21 million students go back to college, Waste Management encourages parents, students and educators to think about ways to make this school year a lesson in sustainability.

“As school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and students prepare for a new school year, Waste Management is providing some easy tips to use in your daily routine to help reduce waste,” said Tricia Farace, Waste Management community relations manager - Gulf Coast Area.

Here are some waste reduction tips to remember this school year:

Tips for Students and Parents

•    Reduce trash created by disposable bags, sandwich bags and foil by packing lunches in washable, reusable lunchboxes, bags and containers.

·      Reusable coffee mugs and travel containers are a better option than disposable paper cups.

•    Replace juice boxes and disposable cans and bottles with refillable water bottles. Many have caps that can clip to backpacks and lunch bags.

•    Whole fruits and vegetables as snacks are healthier and better for the environment than packaged snacks.

•    Consider purchasing paper and notebooks made from recycled paper or other         eco-friendly supplies.

•    When possible, take notes electronically on your laptop.

·      When upgrading to the latest phone, computer, tablet or other device, look into 

buyback and recycling programs or donate the old ones to a not-for-profit

organization.

·       Educate yourself on your school’s recycling programs.

Going Green on Campus

·      Create an organized group to start recycling. School-related groups might include science classes, environmental clubs, and parent-teacher organizations.

·      Encourage students and teachers to donate leftover school and office supplies at the end of the school year.

·      Classroom paper recycling can be as easy as providing every classroom with a receptacle for used paper that is collected separately from garbage.

·      If available, place lunch food and cafeteria leftovers in compost bins on campus.

·      Recycle old computers, cell phones, stereo equipment, televisions, or other electronic equipment. The electronics can be recycled and refurbished for reuse in your school and community organizations. Look into buyback and recycling programs or donate the old electronics to a not-for-profit organization.

·      Purchase recycled paper products or other eco-friendly supplies for your campus.

·      Notify your community about the waste reduction program at your school. Your local government or community groups can spread the word and participate in your program.

·      Reward participants. A reward system could provide incentives to help the success of your waste reduction program. Pizza parties, gift certificates, or donations to charities are examples of good rewards.

Schools interested in starting recycling programs can log onto www.wm.com/enterprise/k-12-education or www.wm.com/enterprise/college-and-university. For information on how to recycle correctly, visit www.RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Jones County escapee turns himself in

    Jones County escapee turns himself in

    Sunday, August 13 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-08-13 18:41:00 GMT

    A Jones County escapee is back in custody after walking off a work detail Thursday. 

    More >>

    A Jones County escapee is back in custody after walking off a work detail Thursday. 

    More >>
  • Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:44 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:44:25 GMT
    Markus KittrellMarkus Kittrell
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
  • PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:01:27 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
Powered by Frankly