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Recycling at NYC Schools

From: Margo
Sent on: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 8:33 AM
Hello everyone,

I received this message from the Recycle This! listserv and thought it might interest some of you. Sorry for the cross-posting, but it was too in line with this group's focus to resist.

Cheers,
Margo


Hi,

I'm in my 6th grade math teacher in the NYC DOE. I started a recycling program in my school four years ago, that I ran for 2 years. It was virtual hell to try to do because of the current policies and lack of support for recycling... not to mention that I volunteered to do the custodian's job for them.

I'm looking for people who are interested in Recycling and want to meet up. Here are some things I'm working on:

1. Attached op-ed's in response to Post article:
This article is amazing and so true about recycling in NYC public schools... it's about time:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/10282007/news/regionalnews/illitterate_schools_flunk_thei.htm#

2. I'm looking for people to help me start a letter writing campaign about this issue. I wrote this rough draft of an op-ed (see attached) that I want to send parts of to various publication including in response to the post article I posted above. Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested. If people have any other idea about how to get things going... please let me know.

3. Part of the op-ed (attached: postop-edrecycling1007) includes a part about how to start a recycling program based on my experience doing it for 2 years as a fellow at my school (I.S. 33 in Bed-Sty, my school has since closed down due to SURR status). Even though I feel passionate about recycling, I'm hesitant to do it at my new school because I know that the infrastructure for recycling is not present in the city or the schools. It's like fighting a losing battle ever day. I want teachers to join together to demand that the city promote and support recycling in schools and in city agencies.

Help me... I need support on this issue and direction and people to get involved.

Thanks,
Micki Josi
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