Recycling and Reduction of Energy Usage
The PTA is committed to helping the students, staff, and administration at Wood Acres reduce the amount of trash generated, improve recycling rates of collectibles, and conserve energy. Together the goal of the PTA Green Team is to encourage environmental awareness and stewardship in our students and to secure the Maryland Green School certification for our school.
Parents can help too by bringing in supplies from home or work to recycle at school and encouraging their children to recycle their lunchtime packaging (applicable items below). Materials collected by the PTA Green Team are bundled and sent to Terracycle, a third-party recycler that repurposes the materials into new products and pays a small amount twice a year. Montgomery County Public Schools also has a robust recycling program to help reduce trash during lunch, and our Wood Acres facilities staff collects those materials daily.
Front Hall Recycling Center - Every day!
In the school’s front lobby there is a recycling center hand-crafted and installed in 2012 by Patrick Kelly, a parent who dedicated his limited spare time to volunteer his carpentry skills. Throughout the year parents may bring in the materials below which are collected and sent to Terracycle:
- Glue: Elmer’s brand of plastic glue bottles, refill jars, glitter glue tubes and glue stick
- Cleaner Packaging: Triggers, pumps, plastic packaging
- Brita Products: Brita filters, containers, pitchers
- Tape Any brand and size of plastic tape dispensers and cores
Writing utensils: Any brand and any size of pen, pencil, mechanical pencil, wooden pencils, markers, highlighters, sharpies, or dry erase markers. Just no crayons, please.
Ink and toners: Any brand of ink jet cartridges and selected toners. [hyperlink to: http://s3.amazonaws.com/tc-us-prod/download_resource/downloads/984/Inkjet___Toner_Cartridge_Brigade_Accepted_Waste_Poster.pdf]
Electronics: Any brand and sizes of used cell phones but no house/portable phones, phone chargers or loose batteries. Any brand and size of tablets, and e-readers but no desktop computers or printers. Any brands of used iPods and MP3 players but no cd or cassette players. Any brand and size of cameras, digital cameras, camcorders, GPS units, and graphing calculators.
Lunchtime Recycling - Every day!
Students are encouraged to recycle their appropriate containers after lunch including:
Plastic: Any brand of plastic containers (liquids and food particles need to be dumped in the trash container first).
Paper: Any brand of paper milk and juice boxes (liquids need to be poured out first in the designated liquids container).
Aluminum: Any brand of aluminum cans or foil (any food particles should be dumped in the trash container first).
Drink pouches: Any brand of drink pouches.
Fruit squeeze pouches: Any brand of fruit squeeze pouches, such as GoGo SqueeZ.
Energy bar wrappers: Any foil-lined wrappers from energy bars, granola bars, meal replacement bars, protein bars, diet bars, LARABAR bars, Cascadian Farm bars, Clif SHOT, Clif Twisted Fruit, Clif Roks, Clif Bloks, and Clif Gel wrappers. Candy bar wrappers are not recyclable.
Paper, Plastic and Aluminum Can Recycling - Every Day!
Throughout the school and in every classroom, MCPS provides tall bins to collect paper, plastic and aluminum cans. Students in the classrooms are assigned jobs to empty their respective recycling bins.
Special Recycling Drive for Oral Hygiene and Beauty Care Products - Last Wednesday of the Month
Once a month boxes to collect household oral, beauty and personal care products will be located in the front entrance of the school. Recycled through our partnership with Terracycle, these items include:
Oral care: Any brand of used dental products such as toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, and floss containers.
Personal care and beauty products: Any brand of used lipstick cases, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, body wash containers, soap tubes, soap dispensers, lotion dispensers, shaving foam tubes (no cans), powder cases, lotion bottles, chapstick tubes, lotion tubes, face soap dispensers, face soap tubes, face lotion bottles, face lotion jars, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils, hand lotion tubes, hair gel tubes, hair paste jars. No aerosol cans, nail polish bottles or nail polish remover bottles.
Students in each classroom are encouraged to power off their computers and turn off the lights in the classroom at the end of the day. Wood Acres facilities staff also makes sure all the classroom lights are turned off as they leave the room. Our school’s trash and energy usage are monitored each month by Montgomery County.