Tip of the Week: Reduce and Reuse Your School Supplies

-Original post from Green Newton

The Bigelow PTO has suggested great ideas for families to reduce school shopping lists during the summer by keeping items from this school year that are still in good condition. This can save money, will reduce waste and it can be a great opportunity to embrace our sustainable values for students. There’s a reason reduce & reuse come before recycle– not just because it sounds good, but it’s the order in which we should approach sustainability.

After the school year is over, take the following steps:

  • Empty backpacks, pencil cases, binders, folders.
  • Clean everything (a swipe of rubbing alcohol can remove marker and make things look like new).
  • Organize pens, pencils, markers, scissors, calculators, etc.
  • Take out the used pages of notebooks and evaluate if the notebook can be reused in school or at home.

When the school supply list arrives during the summer, compare the list with what you have organized and cleaned. You might find out that there’s very little to buy!

Sustainable Back-to-School Supplies at Bigelow

Newton Schools were honored for their environmental efforts during the 2018-2019 school year

Three Newton schools were awarded with the 25th Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

  • Mason-Rice Elementary School – “Green Team Kids,” Grades, 3, 4 & 5
  • Bowen Elementary School – “Newton Environmental Science Program,” Newton Conservation Commission, David Backer, Executive Director – Grades 5-8
  • Mt. Alvernia Academy (Chestnut Hill) – “STEM FUN FAIR,” Grades K-5

Winners competed for $5,000 in awards, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with the intention to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools. EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2019. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are given priority. Read more…

Trash and Recycling Bins in Newton Schools

Please find below the number of trash and recycling bins that each Newton Public School has, according to Walk-Through Assessment done in May-July 2018 by the Newton Sustainable Materials Management office and GN School Connection volunteers.

If your school needs more bins, please contact us at [email protected], and we will help you to get them.
If you need to print signage to fix above the bins, please look at your school to see how many you will need. We can also help you figure out how to order and pay for the signage.

Angier – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 53
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 72
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Bowen – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 46
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Burr – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 40
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 47
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Carr – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 48
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Countryside – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 37
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Franklin – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 44
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 45
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Horace Mann – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 42
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 4
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Lincoln-Eliot – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 56
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 60
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 5

Mason-Rice – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 34
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 41
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Memorial Spaulding – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 37
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 40
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Peirce – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 30
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 26
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Underwood – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 22
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 37
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 1

Ward – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 54
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 48
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Williams – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 27
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 29
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Zervas – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 59
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 53
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Aquinas Preschool – Pre-K (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 15
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 35
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Oak Hill – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 73
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 95
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Bigelow – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 54
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 60
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 3
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Charles E. Brown – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 74
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 104
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 2
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

FA Day – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 105
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 131
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Newton North – High (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 158
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 8
Total Trash Bins Indoors 186
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 13
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Newton South – High (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 0
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 0
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0