Under the leadership of Sophia Manolis and Isabel Strebe, the Green Tigers investigated ways to streamline a disposal system that thus far, has been limited to waste and composting, but didn't include a recycling option.
As a result, their committee decided to go with a rack system, sketched and designed by students. It includes all three components of disposal--waste, recycling and composting. With a budget in mind for five racks, the Green Tigers sought funds from Hennepin County's Environmental & Energy Department.
The group also distributed a schoolwide survey to assess what students and staff currently know about recycling efforts at South. With this information, the rack and sorting system will also include a visual and color coding component, so users can see examples of what qualifies as a compost, trash or recycling item and easily identify the bins reserved for each.
At this point, Hennepin Recycling Technician, Kira Berglund says the county board will finish up contracting work associated with the grant this summer. The expectation is that the rack sorting system will be installed in the cafeteria commons by the start of the 2016-17 school year.
Also available at the start of the school year, will be a Green Tiger video, demonstrating features of the new system and how to use it!
Go Green Tigers!