The Ranch To Recycle, Go Green

Cheyenne Yodong, Opinion Editor

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In our seemingly materialistic generation, the mountain of items produced in mass amounts for our gratification has led to miles and piles of trash.

Unsurprisingly, some things are biodegradable and some aren’t.

Recycling can reduce the piles of garbage that create wastelands, or landfills.

This year, our school has restarted – or rather, “recycled” – a Go Green Club.

Already, the club is making its presence felt. There are four recycling bins donated from Lowes placed across the campus. And there could be more to come.

“We’re trying to get recycling bins around the campus,” said Go Green Club President Eduardo Bocanegra (‘19).

The bins, club members stress, are not extra garbage containers.

“We get a lot of milk cartons in the recycling bins,” said Club Advisor Allison Barahona.

“The goal right now is to be able to buy little recycling bins for teachers to have in their classroom, because I know as a teacher, I have a ton of bottles in the trash especially during fourth period,” Barahona said.

The club is also trying to fundraise money to increase the number of recycling bins by selling Krispy Kreme cards. “It’s $20 and you can buy one get one free ten times.” Bocanegra said.

As the season changes and temperature drops, the club would like to be able to help those who need it.

“We are also planning to do a Warm Clothes Drive for homeless folks in the Stockton area, which will be running up ‘til the holidays,” Barahona said. “We’re going to be collecting gently used or new coats, blankets, gloves, hats, all that kind of stuff.”

If you are interested in joining, the club is open to everyone. It meets every other Wednesday.

There is also potential for community service hours.

“We’ve also been trying to contact the three elementary schools out here to be able to offer community services to help with any environmental clean-up, but haven’t had anything figured out quite yet,” Barahona said.

“The next thing after that is to find community service that any club members could do in our community.”

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