Many adults feel like they are just one person and as only one person they can’t do much to make a difference in the world. It is amazing that some young school-aged children don’t have that attitude. Because they don’t, they have been effective in creating a successful recycling activity that has raised over $2,000 and donated the money to an organization that supports public schools.
And those children were only in the second grade.
Four years ago, a group of second graders wanted to give back to their school. It was a lofty idea for such young children. To fill that dream, they created a program called Bottled Up! where they collected recyclable bottles and aluminum cans. This year marks their fourth year that they have held the recycling drive.
The student-run effort will be held at the Cider Mill School in Wilton, Connecticut. This year’s drive is Saturday November 2. It funs from 9 a.m. until noon. People can just drive into the school’s bus loop, pop open their trunk, and the students will unload the bottles and cans. Getting out of the car isn’t necessary.
Westy Self Storage is one of the sponsors for the event. They have agreed to sponsor the drive with in-kind and material donations.
To date, Bottled Up! has raised $2,300. They have donated the money to the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF). The WEF gives money to schools to fund things such as technology, arts programs, teacher development, and music.
Recycling glass is very beneficial. It uses 40 percent less energy than creating new glass. It also creates about 20 percent less air pollution and 50 percent less water pollution. Glass containers can be recycled almost an indefinite number of times into new glass containers.
As for recycling aluminum, it takes only 5 percent of the amount of energy needed to create new aluminum. Aluminum has no limit as to the number of times that it can be recycled into another product. It is the most recyclable of all the other recycled materials and is four times more valuable than other materials that are recyclable.
Before you take your bottles to the school to be recycled, make sure that the glass bottles are food or drink containers. Do not include glass from windows, mirrors, ceramic, or Pyrex items.
Next, make sure that you rinse the food or drink out of the bottle. This helps to eliminate odors while the bottles are in storage before being taken to the recycling center.
Third, Remove any neck rings, wires, or other non-glass items from the bottle. You don’t have to remove the paper label.
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