Hastings Green Team

Americans account for only five percent of the world’s population but create half of the globe’s solid waste (source: Scientific America). At Hastings, we want to change that.

Our Green Team are a group of parent volunteers who assist the children with recycling and composting during lunchtime. Our mission is:
  • Reduce the lunch waste (since 2012, we have cut the number of 55-gallon bags of trash per lunch day from 6 to 1/2)
  • Help Hastings students learn to recycle and save the environment
Even if your busy schedule does not allow your presence at the cafeteria in the middle of the day, you could still help by:
  • Recycling/composting at home
  • Packing your child’s lunch with reusable food and drink containers
  • Talking to your child about the recycling/composting at school
  • Volunteering at special events (below is a snapshot of how much we recycled and composted at 2017 Hastings Harvest Run)

We hope that the initiative will be an educational experience for our children and that it will have a positive and lasting impact on their lives and the world in general.

Our six-step recycling process:

Empty liquid– pour any drink out of the container into the sink
Blue bin
Recycle drink containers
Trash bin
Throw out plastic utensils, straws, Ziploc bags, Foil-type juice pouches (like Capri Sun)
Compost bin
Dump and tap – dump leftover food out of plastic containers and tap on the side of the trash bin to make the containers as empty as possible
Blue bin
Recycle all plastic containers
Stack trays (they will go in the compost bin in stacks to reduce volume)
Our goal is to have students recycle correctly even on the days when parent volunteers are not present. To achieve this, we encourage the children to recycle independently by:
  1. Assisting them verbally
  2. Reminding younger ones to put their trays on the counter and to take their time sorting things
  3. Asking students to rinse their yogurt containers.

Helpful videos Hastings students have enjoyed on All School Meetings:

  1. Composting for Kids  by Highfields Composting
  2. Recycling & Composting in Lunchrooms: What-Goes-Where by Media Operations Center Seattle Public Schools
  3. Recycling and Composting at Garfield High School (Seattle, WA)
  4. How Recycling works by Reading Rainbow “How Trash Is Recycled” with LeVar Burton
  5. Earth Day song on Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle “Going Green” by Harry Kindergarten Music
Committee co-chairs: Nicola Rinaldi, Megan Klein Hattori
Committee email address: greenteam@hastings-pto.org