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Rutland Elementary - 1st place Elementary Division 2017/2018

November 29, 2018

Rutland Elementary - 1st place Elementary Division 2017/2018

At Rutland Elementary School in Kelowna, we have had in-school beverage container recycling for many years.  So far this school year, our 424 students have diverted 5842 beverage containers from the landfill and the Parent Council has used the $296.45 collected towards the purchase of musical instruments such as xylophones, metallophones and ukuleles.

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Stanley Humphries - 1st place Secondary School Division 2017/2018

November 19, 2018

Stanley Humphries - 1st place Secondary School Division 2017/2018

SHSS Recycling Program - Making a difference one container at a time!!!!!

Brendan is a visually and cognitively impaired student who attends the special education program at SHSS. Working with these challenges, Brendan has overcome many obstacles in order to be a successful team leader of our recycling program. With adaptations and modifications put in place, Brendan has learned to do jobs in a certain way in order for him to complete the task.  He takes his job to teach and recycle in our school very seriously. He helps students know the routine, procedures, schedule, and work that needs to be done in a timely manner in order for the job to be completed efficiently.  The students have seen Brendan as a recycling team leader for a few years and respect him, his experience, and the work that he does within the school community.

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2017/2018 Contest Winners

July 6, 2018

On behalf of the team at Return-It school we would like to thank everyone that took the time to share their school’s recycling story with us and we are pleased to announce the winners for the 2017/2018 school year.

The Elementary school winners are:
1st place Elementary: Rutland Elementary School
2nd place Elementary: Meadowbrook Elementary School

And the High School winners are:
1st place High School: Stanley Humphries Secondary School
2nd place High School: Tatla Lake Jr. Secondary School

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Don't forget to get your contest entry ready!

April 25, 2018

Rutland Middle School – Grade 7 Recycling Challenge

August 22, 2017

My grade 7 students at Rutland Middle School were challenged to come up with a way to contribute to our school community. We brain stormed ideas and decided to implement a more comprehensive bottle/can recycling program as there was currently very little in place. I did some research, discovered the Return-it School contest online and signed them up. From there my classes sorted all the school’s bottle/can recycling. The classes were horrified at how poor our school recycling program previously was, and how gross the bins were. We identified and wrote down the main problems with the current system and students paired up to create a PowerPoint presentation to educate their peers. From there, each mentorship class (mixed grade 6-8) got a presentation from one of the pairs to increase awareness of the situation. We noticed an improvement initially but only to a certain point. We then brainstormed why and came up with a poster to place on and above recycling bins to make it more obvious. The students were enthused by their progress and leadership involvement within the school.

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