CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Students at Charleston elementary schools are working with the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority on a program to boost recycling in the school system.
Authority Director James Young told board members Kanawha City and Ruffner elementary schools are among those participating. Horace Mann Middle School may also participate, he said.
Kanawha City students will start recycling paper regularly, and Ruffner Elementary students will recycle paper and plastic. West Virginia Recycling Services will pick up the materials from the schools.
Recycling in schools isn't new, though. The city of South Charleston had a similar program at one time, but it no longer exists.
Board member Gerald Burgy, who is also South Charleston's public works director, said having the schools recycle has greatly increased recycling in the city. In fact, he said, the city collected more than 50,000 pounds of paper and plastic from schools.
"It really has helped," Burgy said.
The pilot program focuses on schools near West Virginia Recycling's Slack Street facility to avoid driving longer distances while the arrangement with the schools is fine-tuned, Young said. Eventually, the program will be expanded to other schools.
The Kanawha County Board of Education does not provide funding for the recycling program.
Also at the board meeting, Young announced the beginning of the authority's "Lend-a-Bin" program, which will allow organizations and individuals to borrow portable recycling bins for use at large events.
The bins must be reserved at least two weeks in advance, and a credit card number is held on file in case the bins are damaged or not returned. The containers can be used for plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
After the event, the bins and recyclables should be returned to the Slack Street recycling facility. The authority can help with transport. Interested parties should call 304-342-4477.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.