We also encourage NMRAM participants to ask their community, county, business or organization to make the 33% by 2012 commitment. more
REGISTRATION AND RESOURCES FOR 2008
3) America Recycling pledge cards (which will not be a sweepstakes with prizes this year). Find online at www.americarecyclesday.org
2008 Recycling Drives and Events in New Mexico
New resources for local coordinators this year:
1) Shopping Bags provided by the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau
Other NMRAM Support:
1) Dex Recycled-content ruler give-aways
2) America Recycles Day posters
3) General recycling educational resources and information
4) Recycling and event information support at www.americarecyclesday.org
For more information contact English Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-603-0558.
NMRAM 2008 Santa Fe Outreach and Awareness Campaign
NMRC has selected Santa Fe as our targeted city to assist in increasing recycling awareness and participation. Thus far, NMRC has assisted in piloting event recycling for the July 26-27 Spanish Market event. NMRC will also help launch a business recycling effort in the fall, complete with a Business Recycling Toolkit (which will then become available to other communities to adapt). For November, we have developed a "Get Caught Recycling in Santa Fe" campaign that will randomly reward residents and businesses with prizes donated by local businesses. This campaign will be coupled with a media campaign and will include county drop-off stations. We hope by providing an incentive to recycle, we will see a marked increase in recycling.
Get Caught Recycling in Santa Fe
The program will work like this: Residents are inspired to recycle more because they have heard about this reward system. Santa Fe City and County Residents that put out their curbside recycling are randomly selected based on an address lottery system. NMRC sends the selected individuals a letter in the mail commending them for recycling and explaining that they were “caught in the act” of recycling. The reward of a gift certificate or similar item would be included within this letter. A Massachusetts-based study noted that a reward as small as a free cup of coffee significantly boosted recycling rates. The campaign includes a companion print media component.
NMRAM 2007 Greater Albuquerque Media Campaign
NMRC created a multi-media recycling awareness campaign aimed at the greater Albuquerque area, complete with in-town billboards, bus-sides, print, TV & radio advertisements and PSAs. The City of Albuquerque partnered in this campaign and will help launch the city's goals to become a Zero Waste community. Rio Rancho is another partner community with Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful, and awareness reached into this community as well. Mayor Martin Chavez served as spokesperson for our radio and TV PSAs. The campaign created a 20% increase in recycling tonnage.
Programs and Projects For Use in the Schools
Since 2004, we have worked directly with 130 K-12 schools throughout New Mexico, reaching more than 25,000 students! We have also awarded 25 schools with recycling bins to start their programs. Please note that the Recycling Bin Contest is not available this year. But look further down for the Keep New Mexico Beautiful grant program.
Buy Recycled and Reduce Waste in the Schools
In an effort to consider the principles of waste reduction and buying recycled in the school environment, we have developed a document with tips on buying products made from recycled-content and how to reduce waste in the classroom. Reducing Waste and Buying Recycled in Schools (.pdf). Also see more resources below on where to purchase recycled-content products.
Invite a Recycling Professional to Class or Visit a Recycling Center
There’s probably nothing more re-enforcing to students than to see or hear about the actual recycling process in their community and to have someone first-hand answer their questions. Contact your local solid waste division or recycling coordinator and ask them to visit your school or set up a visit to go to their recycling location. Or check off that part on the form, so we can call or e-mail you contact information for a recycling coordinator in your area.
Trash Audit – In Class Project
Perhaps one of the most effective classroom projects involves examining school trash cans to see what is being produced. Schools typically see large amounts of paper and cardboard in their waste streams. You can create a percentage pie chart of trash “types” and figure out how much is actually recyclable.
Start your Recycling Collection Program with Cardboard Boxes from PNM
Free recycling boxes are available from PNM for use at events, schools, churches and nonprofit organizations. They can be used to collect daily recycling in buildings, or brought out for special events in your community. The boxes are 18" x 18" x 30". Go to www.PNM.com/environment and click on "Community Recycling Program".
New Mexico Environmental Essay and Art Contest
The Institute for Energy and Environment and WERC are hosting an Environmental Art Contest, with entries due on November 30th and an Environmental Essay Contest with a deadline of February 15, 2009. For more information check out www.werc.net under Outreach K-12 programs. If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call toll free 1-800-523-5996.
Red Wriggler Teaching Manual Released
High Desert Worm Ranch, based in McIntosh New Mexico has released an educator's resource entitled "The Red Wriggler Teaching Manual". Manuals are available for $25 and target different study areas, from science, social studies, math and language arts. A complete educator's kit includes the manual, plastic bin, a 15-inch rubber worm, a brick of coir, a pound of worms and is sold for $65. www.redwrigglerranch.com or call 505-384-5302.
EPA Planet Protectors
included in school kits who register for NMRAM, if you want
to order your own set independently. You will find a
10-month Planet Protectors Club Calendar Kit. The kit is
designed to teach children in Grades K-3 the concepts of
reducing, reusing, and recycling, waste.
Protectors Club Calendar Kit contains a large, full-color
poster for teachers or group leaders. Smaller versions of
the poster may be ordered for each student/child in the
classroom or group, along with a set of stickers to track
progress in completing the activities. Simple, step-by-step
instructions and a list of materials are included for each
activity; most of which take less than an hour to complete.
Go Green Initiative
The Go Green Initiative is a simple, comprehensive nationwide program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Founded in 2002, the Go Green Initiative unites parents, students, teachers and school administrators in an effort to make real and lasting changes in their campus communities that will protect children and the environment for years to come. Find out more online at www.gogreeninitiative.org .
Keep New Mexico Beautiful Grants
Invite students to fill out online a Recycling Pledge, committing them and hopefully their families to buy recycled products and improve their recycling efforts. We ask that you print your own pledge cards. This year will not be oriented as a contest, but simply as a commitment to make a difference by recycling! You can find easy-to-follow directions for doing this on the America Recycles website at www.americarecyclesday.org
You can also request a “Backyard Composting Made Easy” guide created by the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau. Any school can create a compost bin for a science project, garden complement, or to compost cafeteria food scraps on a large scale. Contact Greg Baker at the following number or e-mail below. Or go online to www.recyclenewmexico.com/nmoro.htm to find an electronic version in English and Spanish.
Cash For Cans
Hold a recycling drive for cans in your school to raise funds. On this site, you can download a teacher's resource called "The Recycling Loop". Go to www.cancentral.com to learn more.
Elmers Glue Crew
Start recycling glue sticks and glue bottles at your school. www.elmersgluecrew.com
TerraCycle & Honest Kids™ Drink Pouch Brigade
Every year millions of drink pouches end up in garbage and landfills. Find out about a recycling program for these type of packages that can earn your school money. http://www.terracycle.net/dpb/
Biodegradable Service Ware Links:
Recycled-Content Product Supplies & Procurement Links:
New Mexico Businesses:
Beck Office Systems (Albuquerque Recycled Office Furniture)
Vision Paper (Albq manufacturer of recycled-content papers)
UnityCenter/Phat Frames (Creates award/picture frames from wooden pallets)
JaiTire (shredded-tire fluff for playgrounds and athletic surfaces)
Office Depot (Offers online catalog, carries paper/office products that have recycled-content - they will deliver free with minimum purchase anywhere in NM!)
Staples (Offers online catalog with recycled-content products. Also accepts computers, printers, digital cameras, cell phones, cartridges and rechargeable batteries for recycling)
Sustainable Group (non-vinyl, recycled-content corrugated binders, three-rings)
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