Recycling Programs

Inkjet/Laser Cartridge, iPod, Laptop and Cell Phone Recycling


Help us turn your waste into CASH! Forest Park PTA has joined the eScrip Recycling Program. This program is FREE and provides convenient locations for collecting laser, inkjet cartridges, used cell phones, iPods and laptops while raising funds for our PTA.

How the program works: Collection bins, clearly marked and accessible during normal school hours, will be placed near the front entrance of the school. You can drop off your recyclable cell phones, cartridges, iPods and laptops whenever it’s convenient for you. PTA will also designate the last Friday in the month as Recycling Day to remind parents to drop off their recyclable items. Our PTA will receive cash for your trash!
Not only is this an easy way to raise funds, it also teaches our students valuable lessons about the variety of materials that can be recycled and it helps them develop lifelong patterns.

This program will not be successful without the support of the community and people like you. Thank you for your help in recycling.

Waste-Free Lunch Days

Forest Park PTA is launching a waste-free lunch program in an effort to dramatically reduce waste generated by our student lunches. In addition to the benefit for the environment, we are also aiming to educate our kids on the importance of taking care of our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. While the families of our students need to be informed to support our efforts, we hope to educate and excite the kids to make this happen! A waste-free lunch day will be held on the last Friday of every month, to coincide with the PTA Recycling Day. On this day, all students who are not buying lunch are required to bring a waste-free lunch. We are hoping this will lead to waste-free every day, but one step at a time.

 

What is a Waste-free lunch?

A waste-free lunch is one where the lunch preparer uses as few products as possible that ultimately make their way into the landfill. Waste-free lunch programs favor the use of reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. They discourage the use of disposable packaging, such as prepackaged foods, plastic bags, juice boxes and pouches, paper napkins, and disposable utensils.

 

Tips for packing a waste-free lunch

Talk to your kids about the importance of reducing waste by eating what is packed for them. Start fresh by engaging the kids in food shopping and/or food selection. Try having the kids participate in packing a lunch that they will eat. Being an active participant will help our kids support the process, along with parents. Some tips:

  • Buy chips, raisins, cookies, crackers, applesauce and yogurt in larger quantities and pack in reusable containers
  • Buy juice in bulk and bring to school in reusable plastic water or juice bottles
  • Pack reusable cloth napkins
  • Use reusable food and drink containers, including previously used margarine or large yogurt containers
  • Pack lunches in canvas or nylon lunch sacks, plastic or metal lunch boxes
  • Use reusable forks, knives and spoons.

For more tips and useful information visit http://www.wastefreelunches.org/

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