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RHS Green Team Initiatives

Trex Recycling Challenge - Raritan High School is participating in the Trex Recycling Challenge.  This program which is sponsored by the Trex Company, uses recycled plastic film to create beautiful and environmentally responsible outdoor products and keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills.  Schools that collect the most plastic film are eligible to win a Trex bench.  As of March, Raritan High School has collected 438 pounds of plastic film!
Raritan High School Outdoor Environmental Learning Center - Through the generous $10,000.00 grant from New Jersey American Water and the generous $2,000.00 grant from Sustainable Schools, the Hazlet School District has constructed an Outdoor Environmental Learning Center in one of the underutilized courtyards at Raritan High School.  This center consists of a rain garden, two outdoor planting beds, greenhouse and a patio. Both the environmental science, yoga and biology classes have and will utilize this resource in the coming months.
Composting at Raritan High School - The RHS Environmental Club in cooperation with the cafeteria staff have installed composting bins in the Outdoor Environmental Learning Center to produce compost from the food scraps generated from the cafeteria and the Culinary Arts classes.  Every Friday or last day of the week, students collect the food scraps from the cafeteria and Culinary Arts classroom and place the food scraps into the compost bins. The compost produced will be used in the outdoor planting beds and in the greenhouse.

 New Recyclable Hot Lunch Cafeteria Trays - Spearheaded by members of the RHS Environmental Science Club, the cafeteria has switched from using styrofoam trays for the hot lunch to a fiber based tray that can be recycled.  This will help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

 

 

Refillable Water Bottle Stations - Eight water bottle refilling stations have been installed throughout the building to encourage students and staff members to reduce waste from plastic water bottles.  In the first four months the students and staff of Raritan High School has saved approximately 8,400 plastic water bottles!

 

Reducing Paper Usage - Raritan High School has undertaken several initiatives to reduce the amount of paper being used.  The one to one chromebook initiative has enabled teachers to assign course work electronically and have students complete their assigned course work and submit it electronically through the use of Google Classroom.  To further encourage the use of technology, the printers in individual classrooms were removed and replaced with regional copiers/printers (program called “Follow Me Printing”) located strategically throughout the building.  Raritan High School has seen a decrease in the amount of paper being consumed which saves the taxpayers money and helps the environment. 

 

Keurig Pod Reuse Initiative - In our continuing effort to reduce the amount of solid waste generated, the Raritan High School Green Team in conjunction with the RHS Environmental Club is collecting used Keurig Pods.  The coffee grounds are being used in our two compost bins and the pods themselves are being reused to start seeds for our greenhouse.  For the month of March 2019 we have collected 27 Keurig Pods!