Before beginning the process of collecting plastic, I felt it necessary to speak to the faculty and custodial staff. I was graciously given time at previously scheduled staff meeting. I informed the staff that the art club would be conducting research concerning our consumption of plastic on campus and how much plastic we discard in one day. I told the teachers that myself or art club students would deliver a green bag to each classroom and at the end of the day either myself or a student would pick it up and deliver it to the art studio. They were intrigued by what we were doing, but all were ready to go home, therefore I did not get any questions.
Next I explained our collection process, to the custodial staff. I wanted them to be assured that no extra work would fall on them. The custodial manager was very relieved. Next on my list was our cafeteria custodian and teacher assistants assigned to the cafeteria. As I am never in the cafeteria, I do not know the routines in place for meal times. It was absolutely vital that I speak with the people this could affect. Together we put in place a plastic disposal area and a plan to assist with the lower grades.
With a plan in place and agreement from the faculty and staff, I felt we were on our way.