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Bluegrass Greensource uses Walmart grant to promote school recycling in three counties

Walmart has given Bluegrass Greensource a $50,000 grant to help promote more recycling and waste reduction in schools in three Kentucky counties – Boyle, Clark and Madison.
 
The program has existed for a number of years in six other counties – Anderson, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Mercer – and been responsible, according to BG, for improve student state test scores, an increase in the rate of recycling and significant financial savings. Fayette County schools estimated they saved $50,000 on their waste removal budget through the pilot program. Another county reports a 40 percent reduction in their waste bound for the landfill.
 
Priorities for the program include increasing student understanding for the need to reduce waste and recycle. This is to be achieved, according to BG, by working with classrooms, cafeterias, custodians and administrators on five elements including waste audits; provision of recycling equipment and materials; offering age-specific hands-on activities aligned with Common Core; making available a Manual for Waste Reduction; and helping schools apply for grants to implement school-specific initiatives.
 
Conkwright Elementary in Clark County will host an official launch of this year’s program on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in which students will participate in a school-wide waste audit and complete recycling lessons. Present at the launch will be the mayor of Winchester, the county judge executive, the school superintendent, officials of participating schools, the solid waste coordinators and representatives from the Winchester Municipal Utilities.
 
From Bluegrass Greensource

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