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Recycling Myth Debunked

Recycling Myth Debunked

Walking around the halls of GHS, we have all heard many rumors.  One in particular caught my attention: according to students and staff, the recycling and trash go to the same place.  This basically means that many people think that nothing in the school gets  recycled.  Impossible!…right?  recycle

Well, after a brief meeting with Mr. Rebhun, the dean of students, and a conversation with an afternoon janitor, I learned that this myth is definitely not true.  There ARE two buckets: one for trash and the other for recycling.  These two buckets look the same, which probably caused much of the confusion.  

Further, I learned that there is only one recycling bucket because GHS has single stream recycling, meaning all recyclable materials are disposed of together.  Just in case you are wondering, here are some examples of what you can recycle in GHS:

  • Food and beverage materials (Cleaned)
  • Plastic bottles (no caps)
  • White and colored paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum cans (empty)

…But there is a catch.  If there is any food waste in a recycling bucket, all of the bucket’s contents are thrown out.  One person’s food waste can ruin ten other people’s recycling,  so PLEASE do not recycle any food or unclean food containers.

There you have it. The next time you hear that the school’s recycling is not actually recycled, you can now explain that it is!  As long as we are careful to not mix in food or any non-recyclable items with the recycling, GHS can remain a green, environmentally friendly place.