A group of seventh-grade students at St. Joseph High School recently put together a video to promote recycling.
Marleigh Thessing, Ruby Jones and Josie Gamble were required to create a public service announcement on reducing, reusing and recycling and after considering what they wanted to do, the three chose to put together a rap video and filmed it in downtown Conway.
The group said it created positive rhyming-lyrics that pushed recycling rules in a fun way.
All three girls, and their families, said they recycled before doing the project, which made them more consciously aware of the issue.
“Sometimes you don’t realize how much you’re wasting until you look at it,” Gamble said.
The group took the three phases — reduce, reuse and recycle — and brought them to life through fun analogies, jingles and easy-to-learn steps.
One of those lyrics, “It’s the blue bin, not the green bin ... it’s the good bin, not the bad bin,” were meant to teach younger kids who know their colors an easy way to remember where to put what items, the girls said.
“You can reuse a lot of things you don’t even think about,” Thessing said.
Jones also said that by condensing trash and taking items like cans to the recycling center, people also get monetary rewards out of the work.
“Not only is the Earth benefiting, but you’re getting something back to,” Thessing said.
Each girl said recycling is easy — the Department of Sanitation recently released a clear list of recyclables and items that can’t be — but often times, people are more careless throwing trash away than conscious about where it’s going.
“I think it’s so important [to recycle] because our earth is already so polluted because of factories and manufacturers,” Thessing said. “Whenever you’re recycling, you’re just cutting down [on] a little bit of [that].”
Jones said every little bit counts to reduce the amount of trash filling the landfills around us.
“Once they realize how big of an impact it will make in the future, I think they [will] definitely start,” Thessing said.
When filming their video downtown, the group said it noticed how many options passers-by had to drop their items in the recycling area but wanted to check in other areas of the city including Laurel Park.
They said an area often populated, especially with picnic goers, didn't have a single recycling bin.
When processing the fact that the annual EcoFest event, which promotes being environmentally conscious, takes place at the park every year, the group said it was shocked there wasn’t any designated recycling areas at the park.
“If you’re [going to] promote saving the environment and reducing pollution than you need to actually have a way that people can do that that’s simple,” Jones said.
Since the project concluded, the group said it is more conscious about walking that out like reducing the amount of power and water they use at home and reminding classmates during school hours to put items in the correct bin.
For a complete list of recyclable and non-recyclable items, pickup times and more, visit the sanitation department's website at www.conwaysanitation.org.