In 2011 the Green Team worked with each of the schools teachers, administrative and custodial staff, and the kids, to fine tune the recycling systems. In all the schools recycling was already far advanced, and the Team helped by bringing in more color-coded bins and refining instructions with tip sheets and stickers. The one large gap - recycling in the Loker lunchroom - was successfully plugged.
The Green Team also proudly collaborates with Pat Conaway of Big Heart Little Feet. Pat is a retired Wayland school teacher and a resident of Natick. Wayland is one of the many towns where he runs the Buddy Bin Program.
Pat explains the basic program:
Photo: the Buddy Bin at Alpine Field
As Pat notes, Wayland town does not pick up the recyclables at parks and fields. It is Pat with his trailer or his friend's truck, and his Buddy Bin Buddies, who makes it happen. Without Pat, all those recyclables would go into the trash! Please contact Pat to volunteer, or call the Town and register your complaint about this oversight in our town's services!
To help, below are the Buddy Bin locations in Wayland (as of 4/12/11). They require a weekly check and emptying down (remember to leave 8-12 bottles/cans in the bottom of the bins). You can empty them into modified Toters at Cochituate Ballfield and Town Building. If you have the time, place glass bottles in a separate clear bag in the Toter. HS students just leave clear bags on the loading dock behind the cafeteria (no need to separate glass). Pat thanks you for your help.
> Hannah Williams Playground (4)
> Wayland Town Beach (3)
> Cochituate Ball Field (4) (6 Recycle Totes - south side of Bathroom Building)
> WMS (4) (softball and baseball field) (Front Door)
> WHS (Tennis Courts) (2)
> WHS (Football field) (7)
> WHS Campbus (8) WHS Softball Field (1) WHS basketball courts (1)
> Town Building Parking Area (3) (Baseball Field (2) (2 Recycle Totes outside Senior Center)
> Town Building Baseball Field (center field) (1)
> Alpine Field (4) including Tot Lot Playground
> Claypit Hill School Fields (3)
Photos: buddy bins at the Wayland Town Beach