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School celebrates America Recycles Day
Recycle Ranger Ralph Gerhardt addresses the benefits of practicing the three R’s — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle — at Stockdale Elementary School Nov. 13.
America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful program celebrated across America on Nov. 15 this year, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. A quote from the America Recycles website, www.americarecyclesday. org, clearly sums up the purpose of America Recycles Day: “One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.”
Stockdale Elementary School students, teachers, and school leaders, along with Wilson County Pct. 4 Commissioner Larry Wiley, Recycle Ranger Ralph Gerhardt and wife Mary Ann, and Ginger Coleman, celebrated the Stockdale schools’ and citizens’ recycling efforts enthusiastically on Nov. 13 during the school’s first Recycle Rally.
Stockdale Elementary Counselor Robin Hamiter introduced Wiley, who thanked the school’s staff, the students, and the students’ families for their outstanding efforts. Gerhardt talked about several of the benefits of practicing “the Three R’s” -- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle -- and the ways each student and citizen can make a big difference.
Pat Rutland, a science teacher at Stockdale Elementary and a major driving force behind Stockdale schools’ recycling dedication and activities, wrapped up the Recycle Rally with more helpful recycling information followed by lively and well-received demonstrations by students of ways to determine which materials are recyclable and ways to make the materials more compact for the recycle bin.
Wilson County began its Recycle Wilson County Program Aug. 24, when the first two recycling bins were put in place -- one at Stockdale Elementary School and the other at the Floresville Alternative Education Center. These bins were purchased with a much-appreciated Solid Waste Grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtained on Wilson County’s behalf through the Alamo Area Council of Governments. As of the date of this writing, approximately 20 tons of recyclable materials have been collected from those two locations! That means 20 tons of materials have been diverted from landfills, burn barrels, and roadsides, and a significant portion of our natural resources have been conserved for future use.
In addition, the city of Poth has a recycle bin located on school property on Railroad Street near the Agricultural Building. Poth’s bin has been in place for about six months and continues to be a great success.
For more information about Recycle Wilson County bin locations, hours, and a list of what can and cannot be recycled, visit Wilson County’s website, www.co.wilson.tx.us, and click on the Recycle Information link.
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