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Sept. 17, 2013






Dawn Oleksy, Environmental Coordinator


Norge students become Recycling Rangers


Students at Norge Elementary School and the James City Clean County Commission are working together to promote cafeteria recycling and reduce solid waste.


Rather than throwing everything in the trash can, students are taught to pour out the contents of their recyclable containers; place bottles, cans, cardboard and paper into the recycling bin; and place certain wrappers and drink pouches into a bin as a fundraiser for the school. The rest is “flipped and tapped” into the trash can and the trays are “stacked." 


Recycling Rangers

For students who do not recycle at home, Recycling Rangers is a learning opportunity that they can replicate at home.   


Through the Recycling Rangers program, the typical 15 bags of trash produced during an average lunchtime have been reduced to three bags of trash; two bags of co-mingled recycling; and a half bag of drink pouches and Terracycle, which will ultimately help the school system save in solid waste costs while minimizing landfill waste at the same time.


The Recycling Rangers program will expand to James River Elementary School in October.


For more information on the Recycling Rangers program, contact the Clean County Commission at 757-259-5375.


Pictured from L to R: James City Clean County Commission members Charles Loundermon, Will Barnes, Elizabeth Peterson, Robert Marin and Peg Boarman and Norge Elementary students




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