The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently expanded its successful recycling program to include milk cartons at participating elementary schools.
R-7 officials received a $1,000 grant from the Carton Council of North America to implement the program.
The R-7 carton recycling program was selected for the grant based on a competitive application process. Grant funds are going to purchase new recycling containers to be placed at the elementary schools.
The milk carton recycling effort continues the district’s award-winning recycling program. During the 2008-09 school year, Lee’s Summit R-7 partnered with Deffenbaugh Industries to pilot a district-wide recycling program, known as One Earth, One Chance.
Since its inception, the program has generated $44,404 with all funds going back to schools. The money raised through recycling has been used for projects such as development of memorial gardens for staff and students, student awards for spelling bee winners and student clothing items for school health rooms.
One Earth, One Chance has recycled more than 5.86 million pounds of materials, keeping the items from community landfills. Another accomplishment created through this program is the first annual staff and student shredding event, held during fall 2013. This single event resulted in 7,640 pounds of shredded materials.
Each R-7 school and other facility has a bin for recycling placed outdoors on the facility’s property. These green bins are available for community members who want to drop off recyclable items. Materials accepted are listed on the bins, and all items may be co-mingled for easy drop-off.
Each of the “going green” initiatives also helps support the district’s goal to create sustainable programs for students and staff members.