Westview Elementary School was recently recognized 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. Westview also won this award during 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Second- and third-place schools recognized for their recycling efforts were Mason Elementary at 90 pounds per student this school year and Trailridge Elementary at 84 pounds per student.
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.
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 have received a total of $68,223 since the program was implemented.
This 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.