Pencils for Plastics Drives are a fantastic way to engage the children of your community in raising awareness and cleaning their environment. P4P Drives can be held by groups such as schools, churches, or community-based organizations, or individuals. At a P4P Drive, children collect waste on an established date, bring the garbage to an identified site, and receive a pencil, notebook, sapling, or any other “award” of your choice in exchange for the waste they have collected.
To get started:
- Identify adult organizer(s).
- Identify a site to collect and store the plastic waste.
- Decide on a date and time to hold the drive. Perhaps begin with a 2-4 hour collection window.
- Gather a team of adults or older students to assist on the day of the drive.
- Publicize the event throughout your community.
- Purchase school supplies, saplings or any other “award” that will be given in exchange for plastic waste.
- Visit the Waste Free in ‘23 Facebook Group for additional ideas.
On the day of the drive:
- Collect garbage in a central location from children/community members and reward participants with a school supply or sapling.
- Conduct 30-minute workshops throughout the collection window to educate participants on the harmful effects of plastic waste and pollution, in order to raise awareness within the community.
- Appoint a photographer to chronicle the event with photos and video.
After the Drive:
- Coordinate with micro-recycling center in your area for processing
- Post your success on the Waste Free in ’23 Facebook Group!
If you have any questions, contact: