The Arkansas Recycling Coalition recently selected one local school for a recycling award.
St. Joseph School took the ARC’s 2019 School Recycler of the Year Award.
Kyle Zinno, a high school teacher, sent in an application letter for the award, which was significant in the coalition’s decision, St. Joseph officials said.
Zinno was notified about the state-wide recognition through letter by ARC Executive Director Cherie O’Mary.
As far as what the school has done to set itself up for this support, it’s a lot.
“St. Joseph students recycle paper, aluminum cans and cardboard,” school officials said. “They go room to room weekly collecting it. There are cardboard storage bins on campus where that material is placed and recycled by Conway's Virco Manufacturing Corporation.”
In 2018, a group of three seventh graders even put together a video encouraging their peers to recycle as a class project, which quickly turned into a life lesson.
“Sometimes you don’t realize how much you’re wasting until you look at it,” student Josie Gamble previously told the Log Cabin Democrat.
Marleigh Thessing, another girl from the group, said there are a lot of products that can be reused to help reduce the footprint.
“I think it’s so important [to recycle] because our earth is already so polluted because of factories and manufacturers,” she told the LCD. “Whenever you’re recycling, you’re just cutting down a little bit of [that].”
Other students spend time volunteering at the St. Joseph Flea Market, which sells donated clothing, footwear and more.
“If these items are without ample resale value they're either sent to recycling centers for the disadvantaged or to places where such waste can be converted into secondary raw materials,” school officials told the LCD.
School representatives will receive an official recognition during a luncheon at the ARC annual conference and trade show on Oct. 1 in Eureka Springs.