Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recycling Tally up to March 27th 2012

The second tally is in!  Between both MASIS in Anasco and Jorge Seda Crespo in Rincon the schools have combined to recycle 40 (95 gallon) full containers of plastic and 4 (95 gallon) full containers of aluminum.  Check out the leader board below the image!

MASIS                                                                             Jorge Seda Crespo

Best All Around: Class #2                                             Best All Around: Class #8

Most Plastic: Class #12                                                    Most Plastic:  Class #8

Most Aluminum:  multi-class tie                                        Most Aluminum:   Class #8

Most Plastic Counted:  Class #2                                       Most Plastic Counted:  Class #8

Most Aluminum Counted:   Class #2                                 Most Aluminum Counted:  Class #8

If we were to assume that single-use plastics were the only material being recycled in the schools, and the fact that a single-use plastic bottle measures ~8.5", and that 350 single-use plastic bottles fill a 95 gallon container then MASIS has recycled (22 x 350 = 7700 bottles) and JSC has recycled (18 x 350 = 6300 bottles).  When we take the amount of bottles recycled for each school and multiple it by the length of a single bottle we get the length of the "bottle-string" the school is compiling and heading on an adventure around the island!  The MASIS bottle-string = 1.66 km and the JSC bottle-string = 1.36 km.  See the progress of each bottle-string in the image below.  Click on the image for a larger view.

If you were to measure the length of plastic bottles you were to recycle how far would it stretch?  Could it stretch as far as San Juan to stress the importance of enacting a bottle bill on the island?   

Detailed counts per class are seen below. 

Contact Wessley Merten at 787-436-8300 or for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal effort.

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