All Seven School Buildings to Receive 30-Gallon Receptacles as Part of District’s Recycling Program

ROSELLE – April 5, 2016 – It has been a focus of the Roselle Public Schools to educate students about the value of recycling. That ongoing commitment is the reason why the state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded the school district a $5,000 grant to support the district’s recycling program.

Board President Candi Young said district officials were pleased to learn about the state grant, which will fund 20 new receptacles that will be distributed throughout the district. “We concentrate so much effort in educating our children to take care of this tremendous gift: our Earth,” Young said. “For the state to recognize this work is extremely satisfying and shows the students that reward truly comes with commitment.”

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Young said she recently toured the district schools and noted the need for more recycling containers, especially near the school cafeterias. School officials are now planning strategic locations for the containers, ensuring they are in visible, high-traffic areas. The plan, to date:

·         Abraham Clark High School (5 containers)

·         Grace Wilday Jr. High School (4 containers)

·         Leonard V. Moore Middle School (3 containers)

·         Harrison Elementary School (2 containers)

·         Washington Elementary School (2 containers)

·         Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School (2 containers)

·         Kindergarten Success Academy (2 containers)

“The overall goal is to increase recycling throughout the schools, as there is now a substantial spike in the volume of recyclable material collected annually,” said Roselle Councilman-At-Large Reginald Atkins, a former school board president. “I am pleased to see that school officials plan to install these receptacles in areas where students, faculty and the community congregate, such as in the auditoriums, at the athletic fields and near the gymnasiums. We want the state to see how this grant will make a substantial difference in Roselle.”

The borough submitted the grant last June through the DEP’s “Bonus Recycling Grant Program.”