New recycling containers a product of grant money

New recycling containers a product of grant money

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New recycling containers a product of grant money

High school plans to promote recycling awareness throughout February

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High school plans to promote recycling awareness throughout February

The recycling bins now used throughout the high school and other district schools

The recycling bins now used throughout the high school and other district schools

New recycling bins have been appearing in the classrooms, hallways, and cafeterias of the district’s schools. The money for the bins came from a grant that was awarded to the district.

“Shaler Area School District partnered with the Allegheny County Health Department to revitalize the district’s recycling program. The County Health Department applied for and was awarded the grant,” Shaler Area’s Communications Specialist Ms. Bethany Baker said.

The grant allowed the district to increase the number of recycling containers in each of its buildings with the hope that the additional bins will increase the effectiveness of the district’s recycling program.

“The placement of recycling containers has been strategic and done in cooperation with the buildings’ administration,” Baker said.

In the high school, that meant placing more bottle and can recycling bins compared to every other school in the district. The high school generates more bottles and cans, especially in the cafeteria, than any other building in the district. Last year, Activities Director Mrs. Mindy Thiel said around 11,000 plastic bottles were purchased each year in the Activities Office.

A portion of the grant money went towards increasing recycling awareness. For younger students, magic shows will be put on in those buildings. In the high school, the Ecology club is taking the lead to raise awareness.

Mrs. Christina Palladino and Mrs. Kate Elder were asked by Principal Dr. Timothy Royall to be involved in the initiative. They talked to the students in Ecology Club about how they would like to show other students the importance of recycling.

One idea was to film a brief announcement that aired on SATV with the help of Mr. Lee Myers and the students of SATV. Senior Elliot Fix talks about how blue bins are for cans and bottles while the green bins are just for paper. Everything else belongs in the trash.

The Ecology Club is starting a recycling awareness program called Big Awareness, Small Action which will begin in February. There will be a different announcement each day on recycling.

“Some of the announcements will be about hard to recycle items. I think that cans, bottles, and paper are an important part of it, but not the only part of it,” Elder said.

The club will also be collecting batteries to recycle in the GATE room during the month of February. The Big Green Box Company takes the batteries and recycles them for different schools and companies for a flat rate that includes shipping, handling, and all other recycling fees.

The entire school district is trying to improve recycling in each one of the schools through the new bins and these ideas for awareness.

“We hope this effort increases the volume of items collected to be recycled throughout the district” Baker said.

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