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AuSable Valley area schools begin new Zero-Sort Recycling Program

March 7, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

CLINTONVILLE - The AuSable Valley Central School District has partnered with Casella Waste Management to begin a district-wide Zero-Sort Recycling Program.

The program will allow students, faculty, and staff to decrease the amount of trash that ends up in the local landfill by placing an expanded list of recyclable materials into one container.

Paper, cardboard, plastics No. 1 to 7, glass, and metal can all be placed into one container, which is eventually sorted by Casella personnel and machines at their facility.

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Kurt Munson, an administrator at the AuSable Valley Central School District, uses one of Casella’s new Zero-Sort Recycling containers to help reduce the amount of paper and other recyclable materials entering the local landfill.
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"We've had a limited recycling program for quite a while now, but we've been looking for a way to recycle that didn't take up as much of our resources, our people," Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Randy Pray said. "Casella came to us at just the right time, with the right plan to meet all of our needs. Even better, it was a plan that was responsible to our taxpayers, since it should save us money as participation continues to grow."

Many members of the faculty integrate environmental stewardship into their everyday teaching, so it was important to the administration to reinforce those lessons with real-world opportunities for students. The expanded list of recyclable materials offers a clearer choice for students when they are done with a product.

The program has been launched at all three school buildings within the district.

"We'll distribute the informational material provided by Casella, and hopefully we'll regularly improve participation by everyone in our buildings," Pray said. "By next year, we're hoping it becomes second nature to everyone, and we'll move on to the next green initiative."



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