Mt. Styrofoam

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One way to address the issue of our mass consumption as a country, and the realities of what ends up in the landfill as a result is, well, ignore it.

StyrofoamA group of 5th grade students at Charles Pinckney Elemetary School are choosing a different tact. Pinkney’s Ecology Club, lead by S.A.I.L. teacher Mike Cline, recently held a conservation week at their school. The goal – to heighten awareness of the amount of lunch time waste their campus creates and provide possible solutions to the problem. To get it rolling, the Ecology Club educated and enlightened the staff and students at Pinckney through spots on the morning announcements. This was followed by their “tap and stack” campaign. For 5 days running they collected all lunch trays used by students, tapped the waste, cleaned, and then stacked them. 2,339 trays later a monument of Styrofoam trash was created and put on display in the atrium. Their efforts culminated with a “waste free lunch” day. Classes were encouraged to bring a lunch with as little packaging as possible. Mrs. Marques’ and Ms. Jacksons’ third graders embraced the idea and weighed in with 14 ounces of trash per class.

The Ecology Clubbers plan to take their findings to Dr. McGinley (head of Charleston County Schools) with the hope of spreading awareness and ultimately changing policies.

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