Green Team gets green light for Creekview project
Creekview Elementary students already have one green thumb with an emphasis on recycling paper materials, cans and ink cartridges. They may soon be adding another green thumb with a new recycling project set to start at the beginning of 2014.
The Carbon County Green Team put together a pilot recycling project that would see more cardboard materials, including juice boxes, milk cartons and cardboard, be recycled instead of being thrown away in the trash with everything else. Kris Kiahtipes, chairwoman of the Green Team, said it's a project that the group has been working on for some time.
Now with help from the Price City Council, the work leading into the start of the project is almost complete. Price City council members voted 4-0 in favor of providing a donation of $4,846.77 towards the pilot project at their meeting on Wednesday evening. Council members supported the idea with the hope that the additional recycling at the school could help save money for the school district, the city and other entities involved.
"We think this can be a win-win for all of the parties involved," said Kiahtipes.
With trying to find a place to begin the pilot project, Kiahtipes said Creekview seemed to be a natural fit with the work they've put into recycling over the past few years.
"Creekview has really put an effort into recycling over the past few years and we needed somewhere to start the project," she said. "Creekview didn't hesitate when we came up with the pilot project so they seemed to be a good place to start this," she said.
Kiahtipes said the new recycling project could help the school district with needing fewer garbage pickups each week. While not divulging exact numbers, Kiahtipes said the project has the potential to save "huge amounts of money".
"This project can have a big effect," she said.
According to information from Salt Lake County's government website, slcgov.com, the average amount of waste created by the average person has risen from 2.7 pounds to 4.6 pounds per day over the last 35 years.
Work at Creekview Elementary has already been done to try and lower the amount of garbage they accumulate each day. John Thomas, principal at Creekview Elementary, said the school has worked on getting students to stack Styrofoam trays after they have eaten to to reduce the amount of garbage put in the school's dumpster each day. Thomas said the change, along with others the school has made, has seen the school reduce the number of garbage sacks used during lunch each day from 16 down to six.
With the donation from Price City, Kiahtipes said the Green Team is working on getting containers to be placed around the school for students to recycle their juice boxes, milk cartons, and other cardboard materials at the beginning of the year. Kiahtipes also said a trailer would be parked at the school to hold the cardboard which would be picked up by the Green Team to be recycled on a regular basis.
While the project is all set to go, Kiahtipes said it will be key for the Green Team to work with the custodial staff at Creekview in monitoring the amount of materials that are being recycled and how that differs from the amount of garbage pickups the school normally has.
There is a hope that the project will mirror the success the Green Team has with its recycling trailers all around Carbon County. The trailers, which accept aluminum cans and paper materials, have done well since being put into place back in April 2010.
"Our recycling trailers out in the community keep filling up," she said. "They're busier than ever."
Kiahtipes said there is a still a lot of work to be done but the potential for the project to help the school district and the community is what helps drive the Green Team. The hope is that this project will succeed at Creekview which would open the possibility of getting every school in the district to participate in the future.