Mountain Island Charter School

Reducing Waste

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Our Eco-Footprint Challenge team

Meet our Eco-Footprint Challenge team (left to right in the photo to the right: Kaitlyn, Zoe, Jonathan, Caleb, Zhen, Javier, Matt

Our goal

We want to reduce the amount of plastic waste in our school.

Our idea

We think we can reduce the amount of plastic waste of our students by encouraging our families to use reusable plastic containers instead of disposable plastic bags, bottles, and containers.

Our plan

The team members will begin their mission to reduce plastic waste in school lunches by assessing a baseline prior to April 1st.

Plastic waste will be assessed by waste basket collection. Students will count the total number of pieces of trash in each waste basket, noting the number of plastic items and non-plastic items. An average percentage of plastic items will be determined from these collections.

During the Challenge, the students will assess the average percentage of plastic waste in their buildings. They will record and graph these results.

Our goal is to reduce plastic waste generated from lunches brought from home by 15% by the end of the Eco-Footprint Challenge.

People helping us

John Rielley and Christopher Smith – MICS parent volunteers (helping with construction of marketing materials)

Haley Denley and Joy Alston – MICS middle school educators (providing consulting to team)

Scott Jones – MICS Facilities Manager (providing information on current waste management systems and potential for improvement)

Mary Smith – MICS Communications Manager/Director of Student Activities (assisting with marketing and project roll-out)

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Watch us change the world!


Mt Island Charter team videos

• Watch our plan

• Our final video report


Team photos

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Latest team news

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Look how we've done

Mouse over a week to view our progress.

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