Girls' High Ecology Club
Moderator, Rich Guffanti, Room 308,

Girls High Recycling

City Recycling



8 Things to Reduce Global Warming


Sample Recycle Flyer


  Updated August, 25, 2008

The GHS Ecology Club has three purposes:
a] To develop awareness of the ecological issues facing our world.
b] To address those issues with some personal action.
c] To have fun.

When:   After school on the first working day of the week, Monday or Tuesday.
Where:  Room 308


Why Recycle?

In no particular order
a] It creates jobs.
b] It helps keep taxes low by saving the city money.
c] It saves energy and thereby reduces carbon dioxide emissions to help prevent global warming and keeps fuel prices down.
d] It saves water.
e] It is the law.

  • In the U.S. 350,000 new cans are produced every minute.
  • A can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
  • Every month we throw out enough glass jars to fill up Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year, about 680 pounds per person.
  • A glass bottle takes about 4,000 years to decompose, maybe never in a landfill.
  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Paper products that should be recycled make up the greatest portion of our trash -- about 60%.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away annually is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass jar can run a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours!

Girls' High Recycling 2007-2008

GHS Eco Club Statistics







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Months Driving


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Months Driving


In 2003 the US used 748 lb of paper per person.                 
We recycled 17  lbs per person or 2%


If used to make 100% recycled paper the estimate for the year would save enough to supply one average Philadelphia home with:


Electricity for




Water for









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Why Reusable Water Bottles?


In 2006 the US  bought 60 billion bottles of water or 200 per person, and then threw 160 of them in the trash.                     
The 70 million bottles of water consumed each day in the U.S. drain 1.5 million barrels of oil each year.


CO2 Savings:  1 lb Plastic = 43 lb Paper


The paper plus plastic estimates for the year saves:





gal of gasoline





cu yd landfill





in City taxes


Employs a person full time for




Eco Club Membership = 56 Students


Faculty (Paper) = 49/52 = 94%


Faculty (Plastic)  = 43/52 =  83%



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City Recycling Instructions

1    Find your block on the map “Your Key to Recycling in Philadelphia
( and determine your recycling schedule:
     Biweekly or Weekly.
City Wide Single Stream Recycling Started July 2008. http://64.78.36115/

2    If you are on a biweekly schedule find your recycle schedule:
a] See the Recycling Map to find if your are on a blue or green
b] Visit the recycling calendar:

3    Put your recyclables out after 7:00 pm the night before.
Even if you are the only one on your block to recycle it should be picked up.

4    If your recyclables are not picked up, contact your sanitation district:
a] Visit the City Maps website: go to
b] Click on "Service Areas".
c] Read the "Terms of Use and Disclaimer," click "I Agree".
d] Enter your address, click "Find".
e] Click on Sanitation Area and find your Sanitation District.
   District 1:  685-2603,4        District 4:  685-2502
   District 2:  685-4291          District 5:  685-1356
   District 3:  685-4291          District 6:  685-8072
Let them know your recyclables were not picked up.

5    If you want to encourage your neighbors to recycle pass out a information flyer.
a] Find out how many flyers you will need and ask Mr. Guffanti to personalize it and duplicate it for you.
b] Post the flyers on your block.

Recycling Bin Distribution Sites

Sanitation Yard: Northwest            Sanitation Yard: West
Domino & Umbria Street                51st & Grays Avenue
Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm             Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm
215-685-2504                          215-685-2608

Sanitation Yard: Northeast            Sanitation Yard: South, Southwest
State & Ashburner Roads              3033 S 63rd St (near Passyunk)
Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm            Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm
215-685-8074                         215-685-4290 or 215-685-4291

Sanitation Yard: North, Fishtown     
Delaware Avenue & Weatsheaf Lane
Monday - Friday 7am - 3pm        

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Biweekly Single Stream Recycling
Next Week

Recycling is the same day as your trash pickup.

Next week and every other week thereafter the city’s recycle truck will come by.

Recycle glass, cans, aluminum, paper,
#1 & #2 plastic and corrugated cardboard.

Rinse your cans and bottles and bag or tie your newspapers.

For glasses and cans, you can use any sturdy plastic or metal container that holds 20 gallons or less and just mark it "RECYCLING".

Put them outside, next to your trash

To get a free recycling bin visit the
Northeast Sanitation Yard:
State & Ashburner Rds
Monday - Friday
7am - 3pm

If you don't recycle, you can be fined up to $300

Distributed by: ____________________

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Recycling Maps:
What day do I recycle:
Where can I get a recycle bin:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Philadelphia Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Schedule:
Computer Recycling:
Philadelphia Streets Dept:

Philadelphia Recycles 6.5% of its waste stream, the equivalent of one Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer and two 16 oz. soda bottles per household each week! 

San Francisco recycles 67% of its waste stream.  See how they do it:


Top 8 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming

1. Install a programmable thermostat to use less heat and less air conditioning.
2. Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
3. Use public transportation.
4. Buy Energy-Efficient Products labeled with the Energy Star Label (

5. Don't let the hot water run.
6. Use the "Off" Switch.
7. Purchase wind generated electricity
8. Encourage Others to Conserve

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Your Carbon Diet:  Navigate around a typical New England house to find what drains energy and what can be done to make a home more energy efficient.

Your Ecological Footprint:  An estimate of how much land and water is needed to produce all the resources an individual consumes, and dispose of all the waste and pollution he or she generates.

Life After the Oil Crash

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