In Fort Zumwalt, a single-stream recycling system is in place that allows any recyclable material to be placed into our recycling bins without being sorted. Bins are provided outside each school for public use when recycling paper and boxes. Please break-down boxes before placing them in these bins. Many buildings also offer collection centers for recycling cell phones or ink cartridges. Two electronics recycling days are also available to our residents who might need to dispose of old televisions, computer components or other items.
In an elementary classroom, a student might serve as “the lighting engineer,” ensuring everything is turned off when the class leaves the room. At a district level, Fort Zumwalt works to be a good global citizen by reducing the amount of energy used to power our buses and our schools.
At the opening of the 2013-14 school year, 18 percent of Fort Zumwalt buses were propane powered, meaning a quieter, safer ride that put out less emissions. It also meant a savings in fuel alone of almost $90,000 was projected for the school year, compared with running diesel powered buses.
Also at the beginning of the year, several of our schools were re-fitted throughout with more energy efficient lighting. These brighter lights weren’t just in the classrooms and the hall-ways, but parking lots were also re-fitted with brighter, greener, more cost efficient lighting. Beyond the projected savings on energy bills, this project earned the district about $70,000 in Ameren-Missouri rebates.
From students to staff, the district works hard to re-use the resources it has as much as possible. Whether it’s supplies that are repurposed in an office or classroom, furniture that finds a new home in another school or through our surplus program on GovDeals.com, or something bigger, like an entire parking lot, what we have is put to its best use over and over again.
Supplies and furniture might be easier to envision re-using than an entire parking lot, but when our parking facilities are upgraded with concrete overlays it keeps thousands of pounds of asphalt material out of landfills. Original asphalt lots serve as a solid base for the concrete overlay, which requires far less maintenance and materials than their asphalt forefathers.
On a day-to-day basis, students will begin to see changes in their trays, bowls, ect., in our cafeterias. As 2013-2014 comes to a close we will be replacing foam and plastic disposables with compostables, made from recycled materials. This will again increase how much we recycle and decrease what we add to landfills.