High school to host electronics recycling days Oct. 30 to Nov. 1

LEROY — After starting a program to increase recycling at Pine River Middle School halfway through the last school year, the school saved three truckloads of material from being sent to landfills. This year, Pine River High School is joining in on the earth-saving initiative. Earlier this month, six large recycle bins were placed at key locations in the school, giving students a green alternative to throwing bottles, cans, aluminum, tin and other recyclables in the garbage can. “Custodians were saying there are water bottles in the trash all the time,” said Pine River High School technology teacher Carrie Duffy. “We’ve been recycling for three years in my classroom and we thought, ‘why not get the whole school involved?’” The new bins give students the opportunity to recycle plastic bottles, such as water and Gatorade bottles, along with aluminum and tin cans. Bins are labeled for recycling and placed next to garbage cans in the schools. “It’s already a habit for freshmen because they (recycled) in middle school. Why throw it away, when you have a recycle bin right there?” said Holly Lockhart, middle school teacher who was instrumental in starting Pine River Middle School’s recycling program. “When the rest of the students do it a few times it becomes a habit, and hopefully it’s a habit they can take home.” After students place items in the bins, the materials are collected weekly by student volunteers from the life skills class and sorted by Duffy’s students. Duffy then takes the items to a local recycle center. In the first week after the bins were place in the high school, three boxes of recycling were collected. Many classrooms in the district already recycle paper, and some also “double recycle,” using the blank side of printed paper before placing it in the recycling bins. “Yes, they’re saving the environment, but they’re also saving money too,” Lockhart said. “Maybe my students recycling saves one box of paper per year, but that’s one box we don’t have to buy.” In her own home, Lockart said recycling is a priority. Her family of five typically only has one bag of trash per week, saving money on trash disposal. Duffy also sees the financial benefits from recycling in her own home. “More people would start doing it when they see how much money it could save them,” Duffy said. The recycle bins were purchased after the school was awarded a $200 Youth Advisory Council grant as part of the Osceola County Community Foundation. To encourage community recycling, Pine River High School also will offer an electronic waste recycling event during school hours from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Individuals can bring in technological equipment they no longer want such as computers, keyboards, cell phones, Ipods, DVD players, floppy disks, modems, vacuums and much more. For more information, call the school at (231) 829-3841
Electronics Recycling Days WHEN: During school hours Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 WHERE: Pine River High School, 17445 Pine River Rd. in LeRoy WHAT: Bring used technological items such as:
  • Printers, keyboards, mice and monitors
  • Computers, harddrives and external disks
  • Projectors, televisions and satelite dishes
  • Phones, fax and answering machines and copiers
  • Radios, stereos and speakers
  • Cameras calculators and batteries
  • Ipods MP3 players, CD players and gaming systems
  • DVD players, VCRs, CDs and DVDs
  • Floppy disks, modems and ink toner cartridges
  • Electric power tools, power cords, cables and wires
  • Vacuums, microwaves and medical equipment
  • No light bulbs, refrigerators, air conditioners or large appliances
For more information, call the school at (231)