June 23, 2010

Roebuck Elementary Wins State Awards

Roebuck Elementary School has been named the 2010 South Carolina Conserving School of the Year by the Department of Environmental Control and SC Green Steps. Roebuck also received the Recycling School Program of the Year from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling. RES really took its recycling efforts to a new level this school year. In addition to recycling paper, students added ink cartridges, batteries, eye-glasses, cell phones,drink bottles, and juice pouches, among other items. Coca-Cola collected the bottles from RES so that they could be manufactured into new bottles. They collectedover one-hundred fifty 44-gallon bags of plastic bottles and about fifty 44-gallon bags of cans. The Roebuck Fire Department collected the cans for the Children’s Burn Center. They have recycled over 10,000 CapriSun pouches, over 300 glue tubes and five gallons of batteries to be recycled.Over 100 pounds of paper was collected by the school’s Recycling Round-Up Creweach week and placed in a dumpster that was picked up for recycling by Republic Recycling. An $800 Target field trip grant allowed students to visit theSpartanburg County Landfill and Recycling Center to see whathappens to the items they recycle. Congratulations to RES for taking care of the earth.

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