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Thanks to some vigorous student and faculty activism, the era of ubiquitous single use Styrofoam at the Muffles High School is over. The decision makes MHS the first school in the North and perhaps the nation to issue such a ban which has been a raging success for over three school years. It’s a Go Green initiative that deserves merit and recognition. In this story, we’ll share with you the High School’s ‘Go Green’ campaign that has taken a commendable step toward environmental responsibility. Maria Novelo reports.

Maria Novelo – Reporting

Screen_Shot_2014-08-26_at_7.42.17_PMMaria Johnston – Principal, MHS

“One of the values of sisters of mercy is that of Stewardship of Earth which means that we need to take care of our environment and one of the decisions that we took  on that day was to ban Styrofoam from our campus.”

With a population of 670 students, Muffles High School has banned the usage of Styrofoam products in their daily dining break. Polystyrene packaging — better known by the brand name Styrofoam, has detrimental effects on the environment. According to Principal Maria Johnston, the figures on how much waste was being produced were astounding.

Maria Johnston – Principal, MHS

“If we take a look at the figures per week we done have about 3000 Styrofoam containers, if you look at it per semester we done have about  60,000 per year like 100,000 Styrofoam plate that don’t come in the campus and don’t leave as garbage so I think that is a tremendous initiative from Muffles College to make sure that we take care of our for those who are coming behind.”

The students and faculty’s lunch hour now requires the use of recyclable containers, a way of life here at the campus since its implementation 3 years ago.

Maria Johnston – Principal, MHS

“Our parents understand it and they participate because now what they do is that they bring their lunch in recyclable containers, our cafeteria also uses recyclable containers or if they have to of if we have to do anything with disposables it would be paper.”

The paper products and some plastic usage is allowed but the lessen imprint of non-biodegradable waste has been eliminated.

Maria Johnston – Principal, MHS

“I couldn’t tolerate to see all the paper plates or all the Styrofoam plates I should say flying all over the place so it made the campus look filthy as well but despite the fact that we put it in its appropriate place the breeze comes and blows it and it does and it was terrible so that has help us alleviate that situation with garbage on campus.”


Maria Novelo – Reporting

“So would you encourage other institutions to do the same thing?”

Maria Johnston – Principal, MHS

“Of course and once they implement it and the parent have the buy in because they realize that guess what this is indeed a good initiative they will support you.”

Of note, most foam products end up in landfills where it can sit for literally 500 years or longer.

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