In the spring of 2014, the PTO Environmental Committees at Greeley, Hubbard Woods, Crow Island, Skokie School and Washburne, as well as several D36 administrators, joined together to create a district-level D36 Green Team with the aim of making D36 greener.
The D36 Green Team is supplying Green Guidance to each school to provide some specific suggestions for ways to be more “green,” reduce waste, and increase sustainability. This Guidance is meant to elaborate upon information you may have received already as a PTO Committee chairperson.
Please use this Green Guidance to inform your purchasing, set-up, and clean-up decisions. Please contact your school PTO Environmental Committee chairperson if you have questions or suggestions regarding this Guidance.
HUBBARD WOODS SCHOOL 2014 - 2015 GREEN GUIDANCE
Consider whether you need to purchase single-use items at all or whether reusable items may be purchased or used instead. Can you supply a pitcher/large bottle and cups instead of single-serve bottles?
For the last few years, the PTO has made a few Party Paks available for classroom birthday and holiday celebrations. New for the 2014-2015 year, the PTO has purchased a set of reusable plates, bowls, cups, and silverware (made of #5 plastic) for each classroom to use. These sets may be in the individual classrooms or the PTO closet.
DO NOT PURCHASE ANY PAPER NAPKINS until further notice! There is a huge number of paper napkins in the PTO closet at the back of the auditorium.
DO NOT PURCHASE #6 PLASTIC CUPS! #6 plastic cups are not recyclable, but numbers #1 - #5 and #7 are.
DO NOT PURCHASE STYROFOAM CUPS! They are not generally recyclable (but a special collection has been set up at the Winnetka Public Works).
If you need to purchase single-use items, please purchase #1 - #5 and #7 plastic, which is recyclable, or paper, which is compostable.
Set up a Recycling Bin as part of each PTO event. A small bin is in the PTO closet for regular use. Contact head custodian Clive Lascelles for a larger floor bin or toter.
If your PTO event involves food, set up an orange 5-gallon bucket to collect food waste for composting. A few orange buckets will be kept in the PTO closet for regular use and additional ones will be kept in the closet on the west side of the auditorium.
Set up the Recycling Bin and compost bucket next to the garbage can to create a single "Station" for waste disposal.
Most events will only require one Station consisting of a garbage can, recycling bin, and compost bin.
For Mayfest, 2 Stations should be set up, one at each end of the playground, plus a smaller station in the "food court" area.
Take the time after your event to dispose of leftovers properly.
Compost all food waste, liquids, and paper plates, napkins, towels, and cups.
Recycle all high-grade paper and cardboard, and empty plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles and containers.
Clive Lascelles will assist with handling compost, recycling, and garbage after an event. There are larger white compost and blue recycling bins in the auditorium and the Faculty Lounge into which smaller bins may be emptied during an event if necessary.
General information re Recycling and Composting:
HWS recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, and glass through its "regular" recycling program. These materials are the same materials that may be recycled through Winnetka's residential curbside pick-up program. All materials must be free of food residue. Many items may be washed or rinsed and then recycled (e.g., yogurt, applesauce, or fruit snack containers). Paper-based material (napkins, plates, cups) that cannot be cleaned/rinsed may be composted.
HWS composts a huge number of materials. At base, all organic food products may be composted at HWS - fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bones, bread, etc. All paper products without a wax finish may also be composted - paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. If it came from something that grew in the ground, it may be returned to the ground.
Most Impacted Committees:
Faculty Fun Lunch
Pizza Fun Lunch
Mayfest (which also has additional recycling and composting considerations, which I'll follow-up separately about)
Fourth Grade Farewell Breakfast
Teacher Appreciation Week