District 209 Goes Green, Saves Green with Recycling Program
December 20, 2013 02:20 PM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is helping the earth one plastic bottle and piece of paper at a time, thanks to its new recycling program.
In the District’s new "Recycling 101" program with Groot Industries, the District’s waste contractor, students, faculty, and staff are recycling paper, plastic, and various metals and glass instead of simply throwing it away. The recyclable items include newspapers, books, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the recycling program will help to teach students and others the need for recycling.
"We look at all areas that can be teachable moments for our students," she said. "We look for students to learn from this at school and then to be able to apply that lesson at home and elsewhere. If you’re recycling at school, you’re recycling at home."
Not only does the recycling program, which was put into place in November, help save the environment, but it also saves the District money. Mr. Ron Anderson, the District’s project manager, said that the District will save more than $4,000 per year in its waste and recycling costs.
"It saves money and it helps the environment," he said.