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A-B Schools Receive First-Place Recycling Award

District earned statewide honors for capturing recyclables and reduction of solid waste.

Acton-Boxborough students at the dumpsters. Courtesy photo
Acton-Boxborough students at the dumpsters. Courtesy photo

The recycling and composting efforts at Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Acton Public Schools are demonstrating statewide leadership and have earned statewide recognition, according to a press release.

ARBSD/APS has received a first-place statewide award for K-12 School District Recycling from MassRecycle in recognition of the district’s gains in recycling and compost, and the resulting reduction in solid waste.

That accomplishment comes as a result of student-powered recycling teams working with classrooms and offices, and student-managed sorting stations in the high school’s cafeteria, according to Kate Crosby, energy manager for the  A-B schools.

“High school and elementary students have participated in ‘trash audits,’ checking the lunch trash at the high school and Parker Damon cafeterias, and discovered that most of the "trash" is actually compostable or recyclable,” Crosby explained in an email. “The cafeteria at the high school now has student-managed sorting stations where students sort their lunch stuff into compostables, recyclables and trash. The food scraps from the kitchen and the sawdust from the woodshop are collected in the compostables stream as well.”

More info on this statewide award to AB is on the MassRecycle website:

http://www.massrecycle.org/recyclingawards/2013-winners-finalists/k-12-school-district-award.

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