Guest Blogger: A Greener Mater Dei by Mr. Ben De Los Reyes

principals-message-logo1With the introduction of the solar paneling in the Monarch Way lot in the summer of 2012, Mater Dei has made a concerted effort to become even greener! We are excited to report how MD has reduced, recycled, and reused during the 2012-13 school year. While we are taking care of our campus and our planet by being green, we are also emphasizing Catholic values through stewardship and social responsibility.


Regularly Collected Items for Recycling

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Glass
  • Batteries
  • Florescent tubes
  • Motor oil

Our challenge is not what goes into the recycling bins, but what goes into the trash!

2013 MD Eco ImprovementsHow Items are Collected

  • ASB Green Team
  • Detention students (weekly and Saturdays)
  • Special helpers

Total hours contributed to campus recycling is over 3,000 hours of work from students, faculty, and staff.


Total volume recycled

  • #1 PETE plastics – 5,300 lbs – approximately 170,000 plastic bottlesrecycling
  • Aluminum – 200 lbs – approximately 6,400 aluminum cans
  • Paper – approximately 2-3,000 lbs/month
  • Cardboard – 4,000 lbs/month

Recycling revenue from August 2012 through May 2013 totaled $5,000. Revenue helps offset the cost of the switch from Styrofoam to paper in the faculty cafeteria. Unused revenue goes to charities with environmental objectives.

Goals for the 2013-14 school year

  • Continue to donate recycling revenue to charity
  • Increase number of recycling collection sites on campus and at MD events
  • Strengthen reduce, reuse, recycle culture so that there is less waste and less recycling
  • Broaden adult and student involvement

How You Can Help
Students, parents, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at least one hour per week. Please contact me at for questions or ideas.

In Mater Dei,

Ben De Los Reyes
Religion Department
Club Moderator, MD Earth Club

“Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, NOTHING is going to get better, it’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


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