promote recycling and greener living in Bigfork MT
Currently americans produce 4.6 pounds of trash per day, added up thats 251 million TONS of trash a year. this is what is in our trash, that dosn't have to be there:
Plastic (water bottles and such)
it takes 1000 years for a water bottle to bio-degrade;
hershey's Kisses use 133 square miles of aluminum foil a day to wrap their chocolates; recycling 40 popcans can save 1 barrel of gas and enough energy to power your tv for 3 hours.
Paper and Cardboard:
100 acres of rainforests are cut down per minute for paper and other wooden things; 250,000,000 trees could be saved in every american recycled their newspapers Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
Bigfork is a small town but that dosn't mean we can't make a big difference. Currently Bigfork school has no one to pick up recycled paper and recycling is supposedly "not worth it" for or school. But Bigfork school produces 50 bags of trash a day and most of it is recyclable. thats 9000 bags of trash in a school year that can be reduced.
BioClub was set up in 2007 to establish a recycling program at BHS. Since then students have put together a strong recycling program for paper, cardboard and plastics. Memeber's have also started to reach out to the community through community service projects and education.
Some projects last year include:
Setting up plastic recycling bins
Teaching elementary students about recycling at the LEAP after school program
Cleaning up Wayfares Park and repairing trails
An "Earth Spirit Week" at the school. Days included carpooling, turn off the lights, ride a bike to school, wearing green and a few others
Made a video about recycling and why it's important
1. We save the world everyday :)