Video from TeamsCare 2011 Earth Day Project - Marine Park, Brooklyn
In cooperation with
TEAMS CARE Project 2011
Earth Month, April 1st – May 1st
Overview/Purpose: To promote
GREEN Community Service Projects and other volunteer opportunities
amongst sports teams.
A team that gives back together…wins together (in life)!!!
Collection/Recycling of Cell Phones
Cellular phones and other mobile devices often contain toxic materials that can
pollute the environment. The chemicals contained in the cell phones and electronics
are harmful to the health of both humans and animals. Cell phones and their accessories
contain a large number of hazardous substances known as Persistent, Bio-accumulative,
and Toxic Chemicals (PBTs). Some of the chemicals contained in the PBTs have been
known to cause damage to nervous systems, reproductive systems, and developmental
systems, as well as causing cancer.
When recycled properly, the materials can be put back into circulation, reducing
the health risks to the community. The materials that are contained in old cell
phones can often be recycled and reused to make a variety of other products. Additionally,
in order to comply with environmental protection regulations, many countries have
very specific requirements and methods for disposing of cell phones, batteries,
and other toxic items. Rather than wrestling with disposal guidelines yourself,
it is often much easier to just sell or donate old cell phones to a company qualified
to recycle them.
Resources & Planning Support Link:
- Clean-up & Beautification (Park, Senior Center, School Grounds)
- Tree Planting
- Recycling & Composting
Students are probably already aware that disposing of America's trash is a major
environmental problem. As landfills around the country grow and reach capacity,
recycling becomes increasingly important. Your class may be surprised to find out
that about 30 percent of the trash produced in the U.S. is composed of organic yard
and food waste. Composting these materials would not only reduce the burden on landfills,
but the resulting compost could be used to improve soil quality, stem erosion, and
aid plant development. In this project, students will investigate the amount of
food and yard waste produced in your local area. They will perform an experiment
to find out how compost can improve soil quality and help plants grow. Finally,
they will organize a composting project and fertilize a garden.