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Recycling Program at MCHS
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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This school year at Mid Carolina High School, we have taken our recycling to the next level. Our recycling program has always included paper and cardboard, and this year we have recycled over 5,000 pounds of it (equivalent to about 10 polar bears)! With the help and support of Newberry County and DHEC, we have been able to breathe new life into the recycling program at MCHS. We have put 2 blue recycling bins in every classroom, one labeled for paper/cardboard, and the other to finally include plastic bottles and aluminum cans! Our school goes through a large amount of plastic bottles, as they are in vending machines and served at breakfast/lunch. We placed large blue collection bins around the cafeteria and school, and Environmental Science students worked on various projects throughout the year to get the school more involved with recycling and caring for our planet in general. These projects included PSAs about the dangers of plastic and plastic pollution in our oceans, educating others about Earth Day and other environmental issues, as well as tackling problems we were facing with our new recycling efforts. This year we have recycled around 7,900 plastic bottles, enough to line up and run from MCHS to the paper plant a mile down the road!

Mid Carolina High School is working towards becoming certified as a South Carolina Green Steps School, which means we take annual sustainable steps towards being environmentally responsible. We are already doing many projects that qualify us, and this year we have formed a Green Steps Committee of student leaders to help us make our environmental dreams a reality. One of the biggest things we have done this year was holding our "Earth Week" event. All week during lunches we showed environmental awareness videos, hosted Earth Day Bingo, had a bottle collecting competition between grade levels, and even had recycling games made by students using recycled bottles and other materials set up for students to come play and win prizes. Students came and signed a pledge board for what they were going to do to help protect our planet, and students passed out "I pledge to be litter free" stickers. All of these amazing things have happened in just 1 school year, so I know with the amazing support of all our faculty, staff, students, and the community, we can grow our recycling program and Green Steps and truly help to make the planet a better (greener) place!

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