Students get a close look at recycling

The MARC Solid Waste Management District administers an annual grant program and awards funds to local communities and organizations for waste reduction and recycling-related projects. From time to time, we publish updates about recent grant recipients.

Recycling center field trip
Students from Harrisonville Elementary check out bales of plastic at the Town and Country recycling center.

An enthusiastic group of third grade students from Harrisonville Elementary School recently participated in a field trip at the Town & Country Disposal recycling center. The students got to see how cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and paper are separated after they’re collected and baled before being shipped off to be made into new products. According to their teacher, April Schoenberg, “Several of the kids mentioned that they would love to have a job at the recycling center and work there when they grow up!”

The tour of the recycling center was made possible by a grant from the MARC Solid Waste Management District to the Cass County Sustainability Committee (CCSC). The CCSC is a grassroots group formed in late 2007 to address recycling and promote sustainability to residents. Funding provided by the District is currently used by the CCSC to transport third and fourth grade students from participating schools throughout Cass County to the Town & Country Disposal recycling facility. In addition to the field trips, the District has funded seven additional permanent recycling locations in Cass County, a redesign of the CCSC’s website, distribution of education materials to schools and the community, advertising in movie theaters and through radio spots, and new social media efforts to draw the community to the recycling program.

More information about recycling in Cass County is available on the CCSC website.

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