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Let's R.O.T. (Reduce Our Trash)
Use the proper bin!

Starting in September 2009, students began separating lunch waste at Organics Recycling stations. These Organics Recycling stations are located near each of the side hallways on the first and second floors and in the Commons.

At these stations, students and staff divide their lunch waste into three color-coded bins:

• Organics
• Recycling
• Trash

Have your own great idea? Pass it on to Thanks.

Lunch Leftovers

Last year we were shocked how much food is wasted at Barton. (A bite taken out of an apple, the rest tossed in compost). Less-litter lunches start in your kitchen. For one week, ask your child to cart back all of her lunch leftovers. It’s a great way to gauge what she’s eating, discuss how much is too much, and start packing a lunch according to her needs.

Instead of that whole apple, send half an apple cut into bite–sized pieces. Before packing those pieces in a reusable container, keep them from turning brown by immersing the pieces in water and just a few drops of lemon juice.

Plastics Recycling

The East Side Co-op accepts the following plastics: #1, #2, #4, #5 and #6 (No foam!). All containers must be clean and dry. It’s easier to sort the plastics at home, or you’ll have to separate them on-site. The drop off time during the winter is on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, at 2551 Central Avenue, NE. For more information, check out Whole Foods also accepts clean and dry #5 containers from things like yogurt, cottage cheese, take-out and hummus.

New Life for Old Rice Bags

Buying rice and other grains in large quantities is smart because it uses less packaging. But the packaging they do come in – those heavy-duty plastic bags – is just too good to throw away. Bring those woven rice bags to Dawn White (1/2 teacher) in Room 104. She’s repurposing them into stylish shopping totes. Thanks Dawn for reducing the plastic that litters our earth. Questions? Email Dawn at:

Go Green!

Recycling your paper, plastic and glass,
Will really make sure that the planet lasts.
Buying organic is what you should do,
It’s good for the Earth and also for you.
Local food is the one,
It’s great for the world and it comes
from the sun. Go Green!

- Barton Students: Anna, Tessa and Shira

Rechargeable Batteries
Buy recyclable, rechargable batteries to save money and help the environment. Another way to save electricity and power is to unplug your electronics when not in use. Save the world! Recycle, reduce!
Lunch Containers
How about eliminating those bags and wraps and boxes and pouches to begin with?
Use reusable lunch containers instead. One savvy Bugle reader suggests buying water bottles, thermoses, silverware and other keepers at ARC Value Village, Salvation Army or garage sales. Kids will lose a used water bottle as quickly as they’ll lose a new one. You’ll save a little cash and give something old a new life.

P.S. As more kids are using reusable containers, please write your child’s name on yours.
Plastic Bags
If you took all of the plastic bags that have been thrown away and tied them end to end, they would surround the earth 63 times. Reduce and reuse your plastic bags!