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• Carlsbad Unified Recycling Grant Reaps Successes

In the spring of 2016, Carlsbad elementary schools received a $29,000 grant for the Recycling Education and Infrastructure for Carlsbad Schools project. The District has already seen great success in this project.

 

Last year, Kelly Elementary School was only diverting about 22% of its refuse from the local landfill. Today it is recycling much more, and is projected to divert 53% from the landfill. Kelly and all of the other eight Carlsbad Unified elementary schools are now recycling a significant amount more because of this grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation.

 

Here are some preliminary results from the grant:

 

  • Lunch Sorting Stations—black receptacles for landfill, green for food waste, and blue for recycle— were located at every elementary school. As a result, in the first three months of the grant, 645,000 lunch trays were “upcycled” into new products, which diverted 1,220 pounds of styrofoam from the landfill.

 

  • “Twinning”—one brown trash container and one blue for recycling— was set up in every classroom, office, and common area in every elementary school.

 

  • Over 6,500 CUSD students, teachers, and adult volunteers participated in educational activities and project implementation provided by the Solana Center at all nine elementary schools.

 

  • Each elementary school was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to spend on implementation of the recycling program, whether it be for materials needed for their Green Team, vests, or other site-specific needs.

 

“We appreciate the support for the grant that we have received from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation as well as the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, schools, custodians, students, parents, our warehouse operations and Republic Services,” said Superintendent Ben Churchill. “The impact on the diversion of recyclables from the landfill has been impressive.”

 

Now that the elementary school recycling programs have been launched, the District is looking to build programs at the middle and high schools.  Green Teams on each campus will help place receptacles, and awareness assemblies from “I love a Clean San Diego” and Green Weeks at secondary schools will educate students on successful recycling habits.

 

The district will continue to build strong relationships with the City of Carlsbad, because the schools’ improved landfill diversion rates count toward the city’s diversion rate.

 

“An effective recycling program takes everyone working together,” says CUSD’s Student Services Specialist Rosemary Eshelman. “The momentum is here, and we want to continue going forward. Once we have educated students they will develop positive recycling habits for life.”


 

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Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District Published:3/14/17
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