Purple recycling bins are showing up in classrooms all over TJ.
by Jake Dempsey
photo by Manny Perez
With over 1,100 students in attendance at TJ, there’s bound to be a lot of trash. But not all the trash has to be thrown away; some of it can be recycled. Recycling is a good way of helping our communities by not having so many materials that take hundreds of years to decompose, filling up landfills and making them bigger.
Now, thanks to TJ Special Education Teacher Mollie Pitrone classrooms throughout the school have purple recycling bins . “With all the students that go to TJ making all that trash, why not recycle what we can?” says Mollie Pitrone.
“I believe that all schools should have a recycling program. With all the students that go to all the schools, they’re a big part in creating so much trash," said Pitrone. Metals take up to 500 years to decompose, plastics take up to 100 or more years to decompose, and it all starts to pile up in the landfills after a while. “Instead of throwing away your soda bottles, throw them in the recycling bins,” says Pitrone.
If you are a teacher and do not have a recycling bin in your room, but would like to get on board with the TJ Recycling Program, please contact Mollie Pitrone at 720-423-7036.