DERRY — PInkerton Academy continues its mission to be green.
Students, staff and administration are working hard to recycle as much as possible to make the Derry high school as green and environmentally friendly as possible.
In 2009, the school instituted a single-stream recycling program, increasing the amount of material recycled and reducing the school’s trash.
That was spearheaded by the school’s Go Green Committee, with support from school staff.
Since then, efforts continue to keep the recycling stream going strong.
Science teacher Brewster Bartlett helps lead the charge to keep students and staff aware of ways to save. He is a member of Go Green and also leads a student environmental action group.
The single-stream premise is simple: Most items to be recycled get tossed in one bin and then are taken to a facility through Pinkerton’s waste services provider, Casella. There, items are separated and recycled.
It makes what happens on Pinkerton’s end easier. Students and staff can put all recyclable materials in one bin. It also helps the environment because more items can be taken and, in turn, recycled into something else for future use.
“Small changes were made,” Bartlett said.
Some changes made included doing away with Styrofoam, using more Earth-friendly paper products and shutting off the school’s computers at the end of the day to save energy.
Shutting down 100 computers can save up to $20 per day, Bartlett said.
“It’s a good savings,” he said.
Other efforts in place include composting kitchen waste and having lights shut off automatically at a certain time of day.
Teachers offer input on ways to save money, Bartlett said.
Bartlett said students are excited to find new ways to save money and recycle products around campus. He said single-stream recycling should be used all the time in communities and schools just for the sake of being easier.
“It’s a real success here,” he said. “It’s so important to make it easier for everybody. And other towns are catching on.”