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Warwick schools re-launch recycling program on Earth Day

on April 22, 2015

District has partnered with Sustainable Warwick to “reboot” the in-school recycling program

The Warwick Valley Central School District has partnered with Sustainable Warwick to “reboot” the in-school recycling program, which was started a number of years ago, but had waned in recent years.

“We had single-stream classroom recycling bins throughout the district, but they were not being utilized to their full potential,” said the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Business, Timothy Holmes. “We are now increasing the types of items recycled to include cardboard, plastic and all paper. This will increase the amount of waste being recycled, and decrease the amount going to the landfill.”

The idea for the re-launched recycling effort came about when several teachers, in meetings with Sustainable Warwick, discussed ways to promote additional recycling throughout the district. When the teachers expressed their concerns to district leaders about the decline of recycling in their schools, their idea was eagerly supported; and, with the help of Sustainable Warwick, a plan was put in motion.

Members of the high school’s Environmental Club and the district’s Director of Buildings and Grounds, Steve Salvato, determined that the proper recycling containers were not in all classrooms. The district made sure all classrooms had proper containers and Sustainable Warwick provided new stickers, which clearly differentiated the recycle containers from the trash containers. A list of items that could be recycled was distributed to the principals and provided to each teacher in preparation for the recycling re-boot.

The program officially kicked off on April 22, Earth Day. It will be a coordinated effort between students, teachers, custodial staff, cafeteria workers and volunteers from Sustainable Warwick, who will monitor progress. Recycling bins with special signage will be located in classrooms and other key locations in the schools, with the goal of substantially increasing the amount of materials being recycled.

The school district plans to explore more opportunities to increase recycling and other sustainability efforts in the future. With the help of Sustainable Warwick, employees and students, these efforts will point the Warwick Valley Central School District in the right direction toward becoming a greener school district.

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