12 student Mary England and the Carson Graham Secondary Environmental and
The change in the climate is already affecting all of our
From rising waters to intense wildfires, to name just a
few, the global warming trend will have detrimental – if not irreversible –
effects on our world.
Carson’s Environmental and Climate Club was revamped in
2018 to increase student awareness and accept the challenge of making a change.
Club members recognize small-scale cumulative action can
have a huge impact on changing the effects of global warming.
Upon observation, we noticed a commonality among all
students: the possession of a smartphone.
In addressing this trend, the club
decided to start a school awareness program focused on recycling smartphone
cases after their use.
On average, an individual buys a phone every two years,
and the amount of plastic used to make these phone cases is astronomical. When
these phones and phone cases are not recycled, there is a huge risk of
toxic chemicals entering our ecosystem.
We hope, by starting this initiative, our generation and generations to follow learn the importance of recycling not only smartphone cases, but also the phones themselves.
In addition, many screen protectors and other phone
accessories are mostly made of plastic, and should also be properly recycled.
The goal is to not have these phone cases thrown in the
trash. Outside the main Carson office, we have set up a phone-case recycling
We currently have collected 33 phone cases, which will be delivered to the
company Eco-Train for their Case Recovery Program.
Eco-Train specializes in the promotion of eco-friendly
products while co-ordinating material recovery programs to eliminate waste.
Carson’s donated phone cases will be composted when able,
recycled, and used for energy – as well as research and development.
To restate: Our club hopes to bring awareness to
students, their families, and future generations about the importance of
recycling your phone case, and all other items, in order to save our