OSC Recycling & Sustainability Service Group

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2014 15 Recycling & Sustainability Group

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OSC's Recycling & Sustainability group in the first semester of the school year. Ranjit who helps us with getting the materials to the scarp dealer is on the far right.

OSC’s Recycling & Sustainability group in the first semester of the school year. Ranjit who helps us with getting the materials to the scarp dealer is on the far right.

This is the 10th year that OSC’s Recycling & Sustainability group has been in operation! This school year we have Yoon Jae Hwang as the principal student leader with the support of Nishant in  Grade 12. They are supported by  DP1 students Nisala and Nandini. We have a relatively small group and have been working to handle the schools’ paper recycling without too many difficulties. This year we expect to see a decline in the amount of paper consumed and therefore recycled as OSC moves to a more digital learning environment. We continue to gather data on consumption and recycling patterns.

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2014-10-30 at 3:35 PM

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New Semester of Recycling

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In the past few weeks, our CAS has been able to have another sign up for the upcoming semester. Through this activity, we got a large number of new people to participate in our CAS programme along with others who have been a part of this activity for a long time.

Since a new semester of service has begun, new goals and reflections have been encouraged. From the previous semester of Recycling and Sustainability, we have done a wonderful job overall with all the hard work we have put into in the past semester.

This was the case because our student leaders, Jennifer and Sayanshu and Faculty Supervisor, Mr. Lockwood, kept up with their routine and meeting a few times a months to talk about tasks that need to be done during service sessions. Therefore, they are able to collaborate with each other was beneficial to making the service a success both for the CAS group and the rest of the school environment, being able to promote a more sustainable and healthy environment for the whole school community, raising global importance of recycling, reusing and reducing the materials used at the school, including paper and cardboard.

Everyone who participated in service were willing to work hard and be able to help out and the majority of the people to come to service every week. They work very hard in trying to accomplish what needs to be done every week, and acknowledging or understanding the importance of this CAS group. This was mainly done through planning intimate activities prior to having the meeting or recycling session

For the upcoming semester for this service group, continuing to develop skills, such as leadership and continuing to raise or help raise awareness of the issue amongst the participants and school students. If they achieve this in the upcoming semester, student’s parents would learn about the consequences and duties of recycling in the Colombo area. Another goal would involve the ability to learn about recycling from around the world. If this were done, then there would be make connections on how to solve solutions in the school surroundings, also learning about the situation from various countries.

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2013-02-18 at 3:45 PM

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School Newspaper Article

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the objects you dispose? Well, the useless and discarded waste is turned into a fresh and dynamic product! In this rapidly changing world, new discoveries and inventions in the field of science and technology have done the undoable. The three step technique called ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ is the rule that governs a new business of reincarnation – the reincarnation of non-biodegradable waste!

The Recycling and Sustainability Group @ The Overseas School of Colombo is a service group in the school’s Community Service program that collects and sorts used paper, cardboard, plastics and several metals into their respective material groups during weekly sessions held afterschool on Thursdays. These items are then sold to scrap dealers in the Battaramulla region. They, in turn, supply these to recycling agencies located in Sri Lanka, India and China.

 

Often times, recycling of used materials is thought to be the only step towards creating an environmentally-friendly cyclic waste management system. Consequently, the rates of consumption of many items continue to increase. Thus, the OSC Recycling and Sustainability service group aims to raise communal awareness regarding the importance of reducing consumption of non-biodegradable materials and promoting their reuse wherever possible in order to avoid wastage. For this purpose, cardboard trays made from cartons have been distributed to all rooms in the school for the purpose of collecting ‘reusable’ paper. Similarly, in order to increase efficiency in recycling of non-biodegradable waste in the school, the OSC Maintenance Department has initiated a new program to better waste segregation on the campus. In accordance with the school’s strategic plan for 2010-2015 aimed at creating a green environment, separate sets of bins have been allocated for ‘Plastic’, ‘Paper’ and ‘Food’ waste collection.

The success of this initiative to promote sustainability and an eco-friendly waste management system in the school relies on the response of the OSC community. It is important that all members of the community make efforts to scrupulously follow the new waste disposal system. In addition, independent actions such as minimizing avoidable consumption at home, refraining from printing as far as possible and using electronic means instead, and selling old newspapers and other discarded items to scrap dealers for recycling would surely reduce the community’s ecological footprint.

Dhyani Ywahoo rightly said that “You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled.” Hence, it is vital for everyone in the community to play their part. So, the next time you are disposing a waste item, be ‘waste wise’ and remember ‘3 R’s for waste avatars.’

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2012-11-08 at 10:10 AM

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Household Waste Issues in Colombo & the Western Province.

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Map from the Sunday Times article (2012 10 07)

Malaka Rodrigo has writen an informative article on waste management initiatives in Colombo and the Western Province. See the 7 October 2012 Sunday Times.

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2012-10-08 at 6:51 AM

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Recycling Poster

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The OSC Recycling and Sustainablity Team! Try and Find People You May Know!

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2012-02-28 at 4:39 AM

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Recycling continues!

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2012 already!!! :O Well we only got 12 more months to continue recycling and bring Overseas School of Colombo’s ecological footprint down; we’d better get started. This is our first post in the year of 2012, and yes we are late on the update but we did get a lot done so far. Just look at the statistics:

The graph shows low amounts of Paper, Cardboard and Plastics. This means that the consumption rate of paper, cardboard and plastics at OSC has decreases. When you compare the graph of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 you will see a significant amount of change in the amounts of paper, cardboard and plastics. The spike in 2nd of September is because it was the first recycling session after summer vacation and no recycling was done during the break.

The total amount of money that we have gained so far is 3000/= RS less than last year’s total amount. This supports the evidence that consumption rate of paper, cardboard and plastics have decreased.

This is an achievement for recycling and sustainability! We will continue to reduce the ecological footprint! Go Green! And don’t forget get to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! 🙂

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2012-02-16 at 8:46 AM

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The First of The Year (2011-2012)

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Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great fulfilling summer.

Recycling is back on this year and we hope you lend us your hands and help out. Together a lot can be accomplished and we can make a greener world for our future!

This year Alex and Constanze are the leaders of the group, along with our supervisor Mr. Lockwood. Our first session will begin on Thursday the 1st of September.

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2011-11-01 at 3:42 AM

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