Jackman Avenue Public School is a Platinum Eco-School in the Toronto. This blog is written by teachers, students and parents of Jackman's Eco Team (a.k.a. The JETs). We're excited to share our Eco projects and ideas with you.
Ok EcoTeam (and anyone else who may be reading this)... you've got to see this! Two girls, Melati and Isabel, are making big changes in Bali, Indonesia. Listen to the girls tell their inspiring eco story on TED Talk. Here's the link... TED Talk - Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Why stop there? A simple google search will help you learn more about these remarkable girls and their eco actions. Are you inspired? We would love to hear from you!
On Thursday, Jackman hosted an Earth Ranger Assembly. Earth Rangers is a kids conservation organization, working to educate and inspire kids to protect our world's animals. Throughout the assembly, our hosts, Becca and V, introduced us to their animal friends... a Tegu Lizard, an American Kestrel, an Armadillo and a Harris Hawk. These are some remarkable animals with some fascinating characteristics. Our Earth Ranger hosts also helped us learn about some amazing things people are doing to protect wild animals, like, the Wildlife Corridor Project and the Save the Salmon Project. We learned how habitat loss is the biggest threat to our world's animals. We were inspired to take action to protect animals. "When we all work together, we can do some pretty amazing things for animals." Earth Rangers is working hard to 'Bring Back the Wild." This year, they are focused on saving these four animals... Peregrine Falcons, Little Brown Bats, Wolverines and Cold-Water Coral. Check out the Earth Rangers website for more information and to see how you and your family can get involved.
How should you dispose of your stockpile of used batteries?
a) in the garbage can, with the rest of your trash?
b) in the recycling bin, with cans, bottles & papers?
c) just stash them away in some deep, dark corner of your home?
d) drop them off at Jackman?
The correct answer is... d). Drop off your used batteries at Jackman for two whole weeks (Thursday, January 21, 2016 until Thursday, February 4). We are participating in a ‘Battery Blitz’ contest with other GTA schools. The school who collects the most batteries (by weight) will win a whole school pizza party! You can do it Jackman!
We have joined forces with local organizations, Earth Rangers and Call2Recycle. We want to remind everyone that batteries should not be trashed. They should be recycled! Problem is, they cannot be recycled in the regular city recycling program They need to be saved and dropped off for special recycling. Let's all do our part to keep batteries out of our landfills.
For more information about what can and cannot be recycled, go online and check out Toronto’s Waste Wizard.
Waste minimization is on everyone's mind. As citizens of a fragile world, we need to constantly ask ourselves, "What can we do to reduce the waste that we create?"
At Jackman, it all begins with a waste audit. We save a whole day's garbage for an thorough investigation.
Bag by bag, we sort through the trash to find out what's really there. It's a messy job, but someone's got to do it.
We sort the trash into these 5 categories:
What should have been recycled,
What should have been reused,
Food waste (what should have been eaten, or composted),
Real Garbage (a.k.a Landfill)
So here's the moment we've all been waiting for... the most recent waste audit results. The good news... we have less garbage than ever! Just 21.2 kg! That's down from 31.36 kg last year. Way to go Jackman! Impressive reductions! But wait, that doesn't mean we're off the hook. There's still more reductions to be made. Jackman's Eco Team will use this data to create waste reduction projects. Here's a peek at the 'nitty-gritty' of this year's waste audit.
Recyclable (2.47 kg - actually, more than last year)
various papers (these are so easy to recycle - there’s no excuse)
1 Coke can and 2 Iced Tea cans (yikes... how did that happen?no excuse)
15 juice boxes! (straws go in the garbage and empty juice boxes recycled - it's not hard)
various food containers (plastic and styrofoam) and some plastic cups too
various bags (these can now be recycled in Toronto - guessing everyone hasn’t read the memo)
dead markers (we collect these and take them to Staples for recycling)
1 Pringles can(yes, even it can be recycled)
Food Waste (5.3 kg, - that a lot less than last year)
many unopened snacks & candy (how did they end up in the garbage?)
some bread, crackers, chips, half eaten sandwiches
fruit - carrots, grapes, apples, pears (these should have been eaten or composted.)
fruit scraps - banana peels, orange peels, apple cores (these should have been composted)
some uneaten lunch, and not just kid lunches
Paper Towels (including tissues & other soiled papers) (5.52kg)
LOTS of paper towels... and I mean LOTS
and the ‘paper towel of shame’ - almost 7 m long! - yikes! that’s got to be the longest paper towel ever wasted in the history of Jackman school
Real Garbage - a.k.a. LANDFILL (7.42kg )
LOTS of snack wrappers... and I mean LOTS (seems like more than last year)
12 coffee cups (hmmm, this is more than last year too)
gum (apparently, Jackman kids are obsessed with gum)
other non-recyclable packaging
Riso photocopy carbons
many latex gloves
lots of plastic spoons and forks (should have been washed and reused)
pencils, erasers, markers, glue sticks (likely left on the floor at the end of the day and swept up)
plastic food containers (should have been washed and reused)
Jackman's Eco Team (a.k.a. the JETs) have created Eco Messages on posters. They are proudly hanging in the 1st floor hallway at school. Here's a sneak peek at a few of their posters. Thank you JETs for the Eco Encouragement.