The Smallest Idea, can Make the Biggest Difference

January 2, 2010
Recently in December, I informed a teacher at my Middle School of this idea that is cost effective and also saves the environment.
The idea was to recycle our school’s cardboard lunch trays by placing them on a recycling table after depositing the trash into nearby garbage cans.

The concept was to simply set up a collection point in the form of a school table in the most populated places of the lunch areas and surrounded them with trashcans for easier accessibility.
The table is surrounded by trash cans to deposit the food. The paper lunch trays piled on the tables.
At the end of the day, we were able to save around 640 lunch trays, the equivalent of filling four large garbage cans.
There are 180 school days in the school’s year of which around seven don’t offer a lunch period. If a school implemented this simple idea on the first day, this practice could save around over 110,720 recyclable trays each school year. If the six million students in California in its 9,900 schools used this practice it could save over 6,336,000 lunch trays per day or around 1,096,128,000 per year.

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mgifford said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm
Good article and great idea, Alicia. This planet could use more of this type of thinking.
AliciaW. replied...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Thanks Mr. Gifford!!
AliciaW. said...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 12:41 am
Hi, I changed my screen name from smiley169391 to AliciaW.
Weasels101 replied...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 2:51 am
Haha. I changed it once more to Weasels101... Just incase any of you were wondering.
darballman said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 10:43 am
Great job, idea, and nice writing and simple to read.
smiley169391 replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Thank you Mr.B for taking time to read my article!
Coach said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 3:53 am
Great article and wonderful idea. Keep it up and the world will be a much better place.
smiley169391 replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm
Thanks! I will keep working hard to make this world a better place.
ROSE said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm
wonderful idea from a wonderfullly smart you! Your MOM is very proud of you!
Congratulations on the publishing of this article. Keep it up. SAVE THE EARTH!
AliciaW. replied...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 12:37 am
thank you!!
Cecilia said...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Big thing starts with small idea.
Great joy, keep the green work going.... so proud of you.
smiley169391 replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm
Thank you so much for the positive feedback!
smiley169391 said...
Feb. 15, 2010 at 1:57 am
I thank you all very much for taking the time to read and rate my article!! :)
dewi said...
Feb. 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm
What a smart idea! Keep up the good work.
AliciaW. replied...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 12:39 am
Thank you, I will keep up the good work.
LingLing said...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm
You did a great job. You are not just give a small idea. Keep going on. You can really make a big difference just remind people to think about this.
AliciaW. replied...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 12:42 am
Thank you. I have been reminding my school friends about our world recently.
Karen said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm
What a great idea!! It's so simple and easy to accomplish - but need someone with initiative to put idea into action! Keep up the good work. Your parents must be so proud!
smiley169391 replied...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Yes, they are. Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article.
xyz123 said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 10:34 am
It’s a good start to care about our living environment, society and global village.
You have changed something in our community already. Good job!!!
smiley169391 replied...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm
thank you!!
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