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Caught in the Act

By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
As a part of their Green Schools Quest project, members of Earth Angels audited our café trash to figure out what people in the SJA community are throwing away and not recycling correctly. They want to educate the community on how to recycle and throw away things correctly. They found recyclable materials in the trash that could have been recycled and also found uneaten food from lunches, such as whole sandwiches and unopened snack bags.
Recommendations to the SJA school community by Earth Angels after carrying out the audit are:
  1. Composting would very much cut down on the solid waste that we generate.
  2. We could use compostable food containers.
  3. We have a lot of things thrown away that could be recycled or better yet, students could make a more sustainable choice for their packaging such as reusable bags instead of paper bags.
  4. Our school needs to figure out a way to dispose of liquids in drink containers so that recyclable bottles and cups are not just thrown away.
Thanks to Lauren Harrison, Natalie Murray, Maggie Hannick, Margie Lodes and Rachel Esser for giving up their networking time to get very messy doing the inventory and to Mrs. Katie Lodes, their fearless leader.
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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