A waste audit occurred at Andover High School on Thursday to measure the effectiveness of the current recycling program.

Students donned protective suits and masks to participate in the waste audit. (Photo by John Barry)
Students donned protective suits and masks to participate in the waste audit. (Photo by John Barry)

The event, organized by senior Steven Kimball, was one of the many projects held by the Environmental Sustainability Internship Course (ESIC), a new class this year dedicated to promoting sustainability specifically at AHS.

The audit was held directly in front of the building. Students of the FSIC class wore white jump suits and face masks while they sifted through trash from that day’s lunch. Trash was separated into four categories: compost, liquids, trays, and recyclable paper.

The goal of the audit was to gain a perspective on whether students of AHS are taking the time to separate their lunch. Kimball hopes that at least two-thirds of the trash is recycled on a daily basis. He believes it is important in “setting the standard of where we can be if the whole school is recycling” on a larger scale.

“It will help us to be a more green school and, more importantly, a green community,” said Kimball.

Did you lose your lunch? The waste audit uncovered a whole sandwich wrapped in a plastic bag. (Photo by John Barry)
Did you lose your lunch? The waste audit uncovered a whole sandwich wrapped in a plastic bag. (Photo by John Barry)

In the past few years, Andover has shown progress in becoming a greener town. AHS’s first waste audit occurred three years ago, and since then Bancroft, Doherty and Woodhill schools have also hosted waste audits.

Senior Angie Lionetta said that the project “is raising awareness and helping the school become a much more eco-friendly and sustainable place.”

As for the future, Kimball has high hopes “to start a new recycling campaign in regards to composting in the café.”

The waste audit was essentially the first step of moving in a more eco-friendly direction.

By Rebecca Alois, Alexa Baldwin, Becky Crowley, and Sabrina DelMonaco