The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District has distributed recycling rebate checks for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year to schools, according to Gary Marlin, education and public outreach coordinator.
Through a program announced in August 2012, SEIRD officials reported they would issue recycling rebates to participating schools that had their recyclables picked up by the organization that services Franklin, Ripley, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Scott and Switzerland counties.
Franklin County schools received $868.39. Those participating included Oldenburg Academy, $49.13; St. Louis Elementary, $118.38; Brookville Elementary, $189.23; Brookville Middle, $142.55; Franklin County High, $125.01; Laurel Elementary, $61.75; Mount Carmel Elementary, $130.84; and St. Michael’s Elementary, $52.00.
Ripley County schools collected $1,022.10. Those participating were Jac-Cen-Del Elementary, $164.36; Jac-Cen-Del High, $112.25; Milan Elementary, $129.27; Milan High, $71.26; Southeastern Career Center, $37.13; South Ripley Elementary, $192.32; South Ripley High, $242.23; and St. Nicholas School, $73.28.
“Up until the start of school last fall, the Batesville schools were participating in our program, as we were picking up the school recyclables. However, since Rumpke was picking up school trash, it was decided that they (Rumpke) would start picking up the recyclables as well. We still assist the schools by providing classroom bins and do education presentations when requested,” Marlin reports.
SEIRD’s processing team tracked all recyclable materials collected at each individual school, and granted the market value of these products back to each institution. In over three months, 46 participating schools collected over 165,000 pounds of paper, cardboard, plastic and steel cans – all of which will be recycled into post-consumer products. The schools received checks with the combined total in excess of $5,000.
SEIRD earmarked the rebates for environmentally-related school projects, such as recycling clubs and activities, tree planting and landscape needs, wildlife enhancement projects or transportation costs to environmentally educational locations.
The second semester recycling rebate checks will be issued at the end of the school year.