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Locust Grove Elementary turns to recycling to help fund programs

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By Kenny Colston

With state funding for schools lagging behind needs, one local elementary school is coming up with a creative way to fund one of its programs.

Locust Grove Elementary will host a massive recycling opportunity on Nov. 9, America Recycles Day, to help fund its Leader in Me program.

The school is partnering with ECS Refining to take unused electronics and recycle them. For every pound of electronic equipment the school brings in, they will receive a nickel for their program.

Stuart Shaffer, with ECS Refining, said the goal of his company is to partner with schools, governments and non-profits to collect a certain amount of electronic tons of recycling, based on contracts they have with electronic companies. In return, they donate a portion of the proceeds back to their partnering organization.

“Our goal is to get rid of electronics in the most responsible manner,” Shaffer said.

Acceptable items include computers, TVs, cell phones, accessories and almost anything with a circuit board or a cord.

Non-acceptable items include yard equipment, Freon containing devices and large appliances.

Principal Andy Moore said he expects more than 30,000 pounds of electronic equipment to be donated for recycling during the event, adding he has two old TVs at 50 pounds each he plans to donate.

Moore said the school is hosting the recycling event for multiple reasons. But one of the biggest is to help bring recycling awareness to the community.

“The greater benefit is helping with the environment,” he said.

Moore said he wanted community members to start saving up potential recyclable items now to help increase the load on Nov. 9.

And there is work being done to recruit cardboard and paper shredding companies to the event as well, he said.

Moore said he hopes the event brings up to $5,000 for the school’s Leader in Me program, but isn’t solely focused on the money aspect.

“Even if the return isn’t what we want, you walk away knowing you did something good,” he said.

The school is also hoping to have a spring recycling event and to have two annual events.

Getting the community to recycle more is important to any events, Shaffer said.

“The big part is to educate the community on how important recycling is,” he said.

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