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The Environmental Education Center

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ImageConsidering the vast obstacles to municipal waste management in the Palestinian territories, the EEC is working towards implementing innovative solutions that can turn this source of environmental degradation into a source of creative expression.  In 2002 we launched a project targeting local schools in the Bethlehem district using simple methods of recycling paper and glass waste on campus.  The first paper recycling center was established at Dar Al-Kalima School, in order to find the most appropriate method to produce good quality paper.  A second center was then established at Talitha Kumi School, where the students produced Christmas greeting cards out of recycled paper, which were sent to Germany as part of a pen-pal program. 

ImageFollowing the success of these pilot programs, twelve recycling centers have been set up at public, private, and UNRWA schools.  The EEC provides the schools with all the required equipment, materials, supervision, and training.  EEC also provides these centers with appropriate containers for collecting paper.  The centers have managed to produce beautiful paper for a variety of purposes, including the creation of colorful wall magazines, scrapbooks, and invitation cards and envelopes for school and community events.

EEC has already begun working on developing a third component of this program to manage the organic waste produced by these schools.  By composting the unused organic material at these schools, we can create natural soil and fertilizer that can then be used to develop gardens in the schools and elsewhere.