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September 25, 2017
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Stillwater News

Green Team empowers students, staff to recycle

GreenFiber pays teams for their efforts

Green Team at GreenFiber plant
The high school Green Team visited GreenFiber in December to see first-hand the transformation of recycled paper into insulation.

Feb. 28, 2013 – Last month, the district’s Green Team received a check for $114 for recycling 4.56 tons of paper and cardboard during the months of October, November and December.

The team, which consists of three separate mini teams from all three schools, has been on a mission to raise environmental awareness among the Stillwater school community for the past four years.

“When we first looked into this endeavor, we couldn’t believe how expensive it was for companies to drop off and pick up recycling bins,” said Kiley Fennell, high school teacher and Green Team co-advisor.

After some research, the teams reached out to US GreenFiber, LLC, a manufacturer of GreenFiber natural fiber blown-in insulation, which runs a community paper recycling program. The service provides the school with free GreenFiber recycling bins for paper and cardboard materials, and then pays the school $25 per ton of recycled materials to make their insulation.

Each week, students empty recycling bins throughout the schools.

“Students have really embraced this responsibility and are proud to be such an integral part of the schools’ recycling efforts,” said high school teacher and Green Team co-advisor Katie Russo.

The money that the Green Team collects is used to expand the recycling program. They use the funds to replace smaller classroom recycling bins that are worn, and they just recently purchased sweatshirts for team members to wear outside on cold days when they’re emptying bins.

“It really is a win-win for everyone,” said Fennell. “Our efforts benefit the environment and our schools by teaching students and staff to establish good recycling habits.”

In addition to recycling paper, the Green Team recently started collecting bottles and cans at the high school for recycling. The latest proceeds were donated to the Regional Food Bank for the district BackPack Program.

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