Welcome to Portsmouth Middle School's Green Team Website!

 

Mission Statement:  The mission of The Green Team is to be dedicated to making our school and planet a better place to live for all.

WHO WE ARE A group of 6th-8th graders and two teachers!

WHAT WE DO:  We meet after school once a month to create and implement ideas to make our school and planet more eco-friendly.

 


WATER BOTTLE PRESENTATION

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HOW TO RECYCLE AT

PORTSMOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

IN THE LUNCH ROOM: Put your milk cartons, empty water bottles, yogurt cups, and soda cans in the big green bin in the cafeteria. 

 

IN THE CLASSROOM: Put your used paper and/or cardboard into the blue bins in your classroom or into the big green bin outside of the restrooms in your wing.  Also be sure to put your water bottles into the box or crate provided in your classroom.  The Green Team members will be sure that your paper and bottles are available for Waste Management pick up each week, and they will be recycled at their recycling center. 


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SOME HELPFUL TIPS FROM THE GREEN TEAM

  • When shopping anywhere, bring your own reusable fabric bags.  By using your own fabric bag, you'll help reduce the estimated 100 million plastic bags that each year clog sewers, entangle birds, and get swallowed by whales, sea turtles, and other wildlife.
  • When buying cleaning and other supplies make sure to read the labels. Just because something says "eco-friendly" doesn't mean it's non-toxic.
  • Commit to turning off your computer before bed each night and before you go out for the day.  Also set the computer's sleep mode for when the computer is idle for just a little while.  By doing these two simple acts, you will use about 85% less engery each day!
  • Ask your mom or dad to turn off the car instead of letting it idle while you're waiting in it.
  • Put all your paper and cardboard into your recycling bin each week.  However, don't recycle frozen food or pizza boxes.  Paperboard boxes that were designed for freezer food, such as frozen dinners, have a plastic polymer sprayed on them to protect against freezer burn.  That same coating prevents the box from breaking up during the recycling process.  These materials are not recyclable or compostable. 
  • Walk, rollerblade, skateboard or ride your bike when possible.  This is good for you and for our earth!
  • Turn the water off when brushing your teeth.  Water is a valuable resource that shouldn't be wasted!
  • Always turn out the light when leaving a room. 
  • House hold cleaning products impact your health and the environment in 3 ways: where they're manufactured, when they are used, and when they're thrown away

 


RECYCLING FUN FACTS

Aluminum:

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  • Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.
  • During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
  • We use 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.

Paper:

  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees a year.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year:  about 680 pounds per person.
  • To produce each week's Sunday newspaper, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  •  Please do your part to recycle, recycle, recycle!