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2017 Progress in Recycling & Sustainability

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In the second semester of the 2016-17 school year a new crop of students joined the Recycling & Sustainability/ Train to Sustain team. We find ourselves busy once again managing the regular collections and doing various outreach activities to enhance solid waste reductions on the campus.There have been several developments in the last few weeks:

  • We have purchased a new set of plastic bins (made by Arpico with recycled plastic) that are being trialed out in classrooms for paper collection. They were bought with funds that we earn from selling waste paper.

MYP 4 student Anuda providing a new plastic green paper recycling basket to Mr. Haris Darmasiri to be used in the OSC science labs.

  • Our local scrap dealer who we sell our collected paper to has asked us to separate colored paper from other (white A4 & A3) paper. He is willing to pay more for unmixed paper (LKR 8 instead of LKR 6). For folder cardboard he is willing to pay LKR12 instead of LKR 10. These are the first price increases that we have seen in almost 10 years.
  • The group is keen to explore and invest in a biodigester to better deal with some of our campus’ food waste. Aprico seems to have the best model. We have the money and now we just need to secure permission and devise a plan for the unit’s management and maintenance.
  • Several OSC classes have been on field trips to sites related to Solid Waste management and recycling. On February 24th the DP ES&S class visited the Viridis Recycling plant (a facility featured in a past post on this blog). Student leaders Aashika, Ary and Sangmin were all able to join this trip and once again we came away with a new appreciation for the extent and possibility of plastic recycling here in Sri Lanka. On March 3rd the DP Geography class visited our Pelawatte scrap dealer and his larger sister shop in Battaramulla (see images above). They conducted a short study on prices and the economics of recycling. I am now in touch with the Central Environmental Authority‘s Waste Management unit and we are planning class visits there in the coming weeks.

Photos & Text by Ian Lockwood, R&S/TTS Faculty Supervisor



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2017-03-10 at 12:46 PM

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Train to Sustain: A New Chapter for OSC’s Recycling & Sustainability Group

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OSC's Recycling and Sustainability group at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This new chapter of the 12 year old group is called Train to Sustain.

OSC’s Recycling and Sustainability group at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This new chapter of the 12-year-old group is called “Train to Sustain.”

In the 2016-17 school year the OSC Recycling & Sustainability service group is once again taking on a range of environmental issues at the school. This is the 12th year of the service group and it continues to benefit from a clear mission to reduce the school’s ecological footprint and able student leadership facilitated by faculty guidance. Articles in the Colombo-based Sunday Times as well as globally-oriented Guardian frequently highlight this negative aspect of our consumer culture. The service group seeks to address these issues and work with other members of the community to reduce harmful activities and better inform the community about sustainable solutions.

Train to Sustain is the new chapter of the OSC Recycling & Sustainability service group. In the words of the new batch of student leaders “Train to Sustain strives to not only train ourselves on investigating potential solutions for reducing the ecological footprint in school, but also to train the school community (students, faculty, support staff & parents) on how they may do their part to aid our service, their school and Sri Lanka itself. Recycling has been our role but sustainability is our goal.”

Our 2016-17 service leaders include Aashika Jain, Aryaman Satish and Sangmin Kim. See our Facebook page for more information on the Train to Sustain chapter.

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2016-10-20 at 1:27 PM