Mount Gilead Middle School and High School students and teachers are enthusiastic about the recycling equipment they are receiving this spring.
Several recycling carts and cans along with other recycling materials recently arrived at their school.
The new equipment was purchased through a $7,200 Recycling and Market Development Grant from Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District.
Seventh grade science teacher, Heather Nicholson said that learning about recycling is part of the ecology curriculum for the seventh graders.
The Mount Gilead High School Jobs for Ohio Grads (J.O.G.) class is also benefiting from the grant as part of their studies.
Seventh grade student, Haley Cross said this project is part of their Environmental Club work.
Nicholson said the curriculum goal is to learn about the materials that can be recycled as well the process and value of recycling.
J.O.G. teacher, Gerry Hartman said that the high school and middle school have been recycling for about four years.
Hartman believes the grant will allow them to do even more and plans to bring recycling to sporting events in the Mount Gilead School District. They are working on a system to set up recycling at school events.
Nicholson said that school custodians report there is already 50 percent less trash in the school since they began recycling four years ago. They look forward to tracking how much less trash is generated at games after their recycling system is in place.
Nicholson, Hartman and the students thanked DKMM for the grant award. They also thanked Mid-Ohio Sanitation Works and Earl Linder.
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