Westview Elementary earns top recycling award

August 21, 2013 

Westview Elementary School was recognized Aug. 16 by Deffenbaugh Industries as the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s top recycling school.

The award is based on per-student recycling efforts, and students and staff were recognized during an Aug. 16 assembly.

Westview also won the award during 2011-12.

The R-7 School District joined forces with Deffenbaugh Industries to launch a district-wide recycling program known as One Earth, One Chance in spring 2009. During the 2012-13 school year, R-7 schools and offices recycled 1.1 million pounds of materials.

Westview Elementary was honored for recycling 59,758 pounds this past school year, receiving $361 from Deffenbaugh. Through the district-wide recycling program, Deffenbaugh provides each school or other district facility with rebates for each ton collected. This money goes directly to the schools, and school staff members determine how to spend the money for their students.

District-wide, R-7 schools received a total of $9,071 through recycling efforts during 2012-13.

The district-wide effort includes recycling of aluminum cans, plastic food and beverage containers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cereal boxes, tissue boxes and similar paper products.

Recycling containers are available throughout R-7 schools and facilities to make recycling easy for students and staff. In addition, each R-7 school and office has an outdoor bin that is available for citizens wanting to drop off materials.

An additional benefit of the program is that all materials may be co-mingled in the same containers.

In addition to the financial benefits for the local schools, the enhanced recycling effort reduces the amount of trash going into the landfill. Schools also share recycling tips and information to help students, staff members and families become more environmentally aware.

Signs are posted by the outdoor bins as well as the in-school containers to specify exactly what may be recycled.

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