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Schools can get recycling bins

Jared Whitley Of the Record staff

Local schools could lose a parking space or two in the near future, but it’s for a good cause.

Recently the Park City Board of Education approved a measure to put recycling bins in school parking lots. Principals decide if their schools will have recycling bins, and proceeds will go directly to school programs. "There’s a very, very strong feeling throughout the community, and particularly among our students more than anyone, that recycling is an extremely important thing to do to take care of our world," said David Chaplin, school board president. Participating buildings will get one enclosed bin, taking up approximately one parking space, with a locking lid and a window for easy disposal. The bin needs to be closed off so materials don’t get wet, said Sue Gitlin, district purchasing agent.

Recycling will be every other week and pay the building $16.50 per ton of paper product. "The reward goes back to the school, they can use it for whatever they want," Gitlin said.

The more that community members recycle, the more the schools can earn. "It’s not something that is solely for the school district’s use," Gitlin said. "We’re hoping the community will take advantage of this recycling program as well." Park City School District isn’t sure how much revenue this will create. Schools will also have the opportunity for recycling plastic, aluminum, toner cartridges, batteries, CDs, and DVDs. Recycling these materials won’t earn schools any money and will in fact cost $35 per month. The goal is to off-set these costs with the recycling revenue.

A school can sign up for just the paper recycling if the administrator chooses, Gitlin said.

Four school administrators have already expressed an interest: the high school, Trailside, Parley’s Park, and Ecker Hill, Gitlin continued. Because of boxes from school kitchen areas, each school generates plenty to be recycled, she said. "I hope all the schools will take advantage of this program," Gitlin said. The recycling program could be implemented before the end of the year, Gitlin said.

The company County Curbside will pick up the recycling. City Council member Joe Kernan, who is also a part-owner of County Curbside, Gitlin said, lobbied the district in favor of the recycling measure. "I think it’s a great program I think it’ll teach the children to get involved in recycling and involved the community. I’m looking forward to all the schools participating in this," Gitlin said. "I think it’s a very good message to send to our community as a whole," Chaplin said. "I give students a lot of credit for taking this important issue."


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