SUSTAIN DCSD

September 2018

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RECYCLING CONTAMINATION - WE NO LONGER COLLECT RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS

IS YOUR SCHOOL GETTING CHARGED?

We need your help! 22 school have been charged additional fees due to stricter international recycle policies. Schools can easily avoid recycling contamination charges or non-recycle services by remembering to recycle clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard only. A good rule of thumb is that your recycle bin should be odor free, non-sticky, and clean. WM will no longer accept soiled recyclables or bagged recyclables. Please do not put your recyclables in a trash liner bag. Bagged recyclables will be considered trash and will charge more for contamination.


Although WM must enforce stricter regulations due to new international recycling guidelines, they are still committed to improve the quality of recycling materials from your school, prevent contamination charges and manage a sustainable program. Visit WM Recycle Often. Recycle Right website to find educational tools tailored for your school.


RECYCLING DO'S

DO recycle all clean, empty plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.
DO keep foods and liquids out of recycling. (drain milk cartons before adding them to recycle)
DO keep plastic bags out of recycling. (create your own plastic bag recycle)

RECYCLING DON'Ts

DON'T bag your recyclables - plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery.
DON'T include food-soiled items - they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
DON'T add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics - they can cause injury to our workers.
DON'T toss in "tanglers" like rubber hoses and wires - they can shut down an entire recycling center!
DON'T include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.

SPOTLIGHT SCHOOL OF THE MONTH

ELDORADO ELEMENTARY

Eldorado elementary has made great strides in their sustainability program this year, including adding a sustainability elective. Students hosted an Earth Week celebration with school wide activities for the entire school. Eldorado has an incredible container garden, chickens, compost and more. Great job Eldorado students and teachers. A particular shout-out to Jenny Henry who leads these efforts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVdM0JLbaks

Thank you Jenny for making an outstanding sustainable impact on our DCSD community! Keep up the great work!

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CASTLE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL RECYCLING EVENT

COMMUNITY RECYCLING EVENT

Saturday, Sep. 29th, 9am-1pm

5254 N. Meadows Drive in Castle Rock

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Castle View High School,
5254 N. Meadows Drive in Castle Rock and recycle these items for free.


2018 Community Recycling Event

Recycle your old electronics and shred documents.

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Castle View High School,

5254 N. Meadows Drive in Castle Rock and recycle these items for free.

NOTE: This is a drive-through event. Volunteers will unload your vehicle.

ACCEPTED ITEMS

Three file boxes or kitchen-sized trash bags per person for paper shredding.

All household electronics that plug into a wall, including televisions.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED

Large home appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, etc.

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Reuse Containers to Create or Enhance your Garden and enter to Win Prizes!

The Carton 2 Garden contest is seeking schools who want to re purpose containers to create or enhance existing gardens. Applications showing completed projects are due March 25, 2019 and winners will be announced on Earth Day. Winners receive $1,000-$5,000 to further their garden efforts. Ready to participate? Full Details Here
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SCFD EDUCATORS NIGHT

Monday, Sep. 24th, 6-9pm

2001 Colorado Boulevard

Denver, CO

SCFD Educators Night is back! More than 70 organizations supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District will bring you marvelous performances and engaging activities. Experience the rich opportunities SCFD organizations can offer you and your students, and have a blast while you're at it. Take in surprising sights and sounds, grab a snack and a cocktail, preview IMAX and planetarium shows, check out new ExciteEd programs, and connect with your teammates and friends.

FREE for Educators + 1 Guest. Reservations required. See you soon!

TURNING SUNLIGHT INTO FUEL

New research in the field of semi-artificial photosynthesis


Photosynthesis can create and store solar energy? This a an article shows a current study happening at St John's College, University of Cambridge. The study used artificial photosynthesis and new ways to produce and store solar energy. The study used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mix of biological components and human-made technologies. Click here to read more about semi-artificial photosynthesis.

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