• Arthur Jacobsen Elementary

     AJ Waste Audit



    Arthur Jacobsen Elementary: Waste Reduction and Recycling (Level 2)

    Arthur Jacobsen maintained a 61% recycling rate as a result of school-wide waste reduction strategies such as:

    • Recycling in classrooms and offices 
    • Collection of compostable materials such as food scraps 
    • Reduction of the size of outdoor garbage dumpster thus decreasing the cost of garbage disposal
    • Elimination of disposable trays and utensils use. Currently, only durable trays and utensils are used at mealtimes
    • Initiated milk carton recycling and food scrap collection at breakfast and lunchtime
    • Additional collection of classroom paper towels to add to the other collected compostable materials and transported to the regional composting facility
    • Waste Composition Analysis: 25 Green Team students completed sorted through lunch garbage to identify what items should be recycled and composted
    • The Green Team delivered presentations to all classrooms throughout the school to educate students about the new recycling and composting program and monitor the breakfast and lunch recycling stations for the first month of the program
    • The fifth-grade Green Team students trained third- and fourth-grade volunteers as well as fellow fifth-grade volunteers so that the school would have on-going recycling monitors
    • The school PTA collects cell phones to be recycled
    Arthur Jacobsen Elementary: Energy Conservation (Level Two)
    • Energy conservation tips were posted in the school newsletter
    • AJ students are assigned responsibility for turning off computers in the lab daily
    • Teachers added classroom computer shut down, closing blinds and turning off lights to their list of student jobs
    • The Green Team posted laminated reminders to turn off lights in the areas without automatic shut off
    • The school librarian periodically shared reminders with students and staff to use energy efficient modes for smart boards and projectors
    • Occupancy sensors were installed as part of the district energy efficient lighting upgrades