Recycling program expanded beyond homes

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    • Recycleables ready to be processed. (Photo: Pam Baccam/THV 11 News)
    • Recycleables ready to be processed. (Photo: Pam Baccam/THV 11 News)
    • Recycleables ready to be processed. (Photo: Pam Baccam/THV 11 News)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Imagine saving hundreds of thousands dollars for your child's education. That's what will soon be happening in the Pulaski County Special School District.

    The school district spends $353,000 a year for trash. It's found a way to cut that in half by recycling. We've seen the streamlined recycling system roll out for homes and businesses since April of last year. Now, it's the schools turn.

    "I think it's made everybody take a little pride in their city in the way we look and the way think about ourselves," said David Steinmetz, Waste Management District Manager.

    There are still issues with people recycling the wrong things, like needles, bowling balls, and even guns. Steinmetz is thankful schools are coming on board and not just to recycle, but to educate the community.

    "I'm probably teaching my parents," said Ashlyn Davis, Chenal Elementary's Green Team President.

    Chenal is one of four schools and the district office piloting the recycling program.

    "We do paper, plastic, cardboard, steel, aluminum," said Davis.

    It's material accepted just like curbside recycling, which has seen a huge boom. According to Waste Management, households recycling grew from 30 percent to 75 percent in a matter of months. They're about to see volume increased with schools participating.

    The Pulaski County Special School District is also finally getting rid of its foam lunch trays in three schools. It will go back to traditional trays and see if its new dishwashing system will save it money.

    The Little Rock School District is also getting involved in the recycling trend. Starting February, everyone of its schools will recycle.

    Items to recycle: Mixed paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, soft cover books, newspaper (includes all inserts), non-foil gift wrap, greeting cards, shredded paper (in clear tied off bags), plastic bottles and containers, mixed rigid plastics, empty aerosol cans, household metals, aspetic drink boxes, gable top containers, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, chip board, empty glass containers, aluminum foil and pie tins, aluminum food and beverage containers, tin-coated steel food and beverage containers.

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