Archive for Thursday, July 30, 2009

School district begins recycling program

July 30, 2009

The Basehor-Linwood School District is making an effort to become greener.

At the May 11 Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting, the board approved a motion to implement a new recycling program through Deffenbaugh in the district.

The district’s contract with Deffenbaugh is for three years, and the program comes at no cost. Deffenbaugh has supplied recycling bins for all Basehor-Linwood schools as well as an extra bin in the Basehor-Linwood High School parking lot that is open to the public.

Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard said people could put nearly anything in the bins, and Deffenbaugh would pick up the contents along its regular trash routes each week.

“They take paper, plastic, as I understand it everything but glass and cardboard boxes,” Howard said.

The new recycling program is extremely easy for everyone to use, Howard said, because no pre-sorting of recyclable materials is necessary.

“Everything can be thrown into the containers, and Deffenbaugh will sort it all out,” Howard said. “It’s nice to not have to separate all that yourself.”

Deffenbaugh will pay the district $12.50 per ton of material gathered from the containers, which Howard says isn’t much, but every little bit helps. Howard said the district had not yet discussed how it would use the money from recycling.

“It will probably take several tons before we have enough money to talk about putting it to use,” Howard said.

At the May board meeting, Howard said the program was a response to the loss of remote recycling in the city.

The Leavenworth Board of County Commissioners voted in February to discontinue recycling programs in Basehor and Tonganoxie because it was no longer economically feasible to keep those programs running. The decision was a heavy blow for those who recycled in Basehor because it essentially left the city with no inside options. Aside from a few paper recycling bins in town, Basehor residents would need to travel to neighboring cities to deliver their recyclables.

The district chose to put one recycling bin in the high school parking lot to give the community a convenient place to take those items.

Though Howard said he was unsure how much the district had collected thus far, he said he had seen a definite increase in the efforts of the central office staff to be more environmentally friendly.

“We’ve all made a point to recycle our paper and aluminum cans,” Howard said. “It’s just a small thing to do to help.”

The program has potential to help both the schools and the city, Howard said.

“It’s a great thing, and we’re hoping to see it used by everyone.”

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