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Grant Helps Weaver Lake Elementary Go Green

Mar 10, 2017 06:12AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Weaver Lake Elementary recycling table (photo provided by Osseo Area Schools)

Students and staff at Weaver Lake Elementary reducing their waste schoolwide with support of a grant.

Last spring, the Maple Grove elementary school received a $12,000 Hennepin County school recycling program grant. The program seeks to educate students about the importance of waste reduction, recycling and overall environmental stewardship.

Before the 2016-2017 school year, a sorting table was added to Weaver Lake’s cafeteria and Principal Dennis Palm began to plan for implementation along with fifth grade teacher Alexi custodian Tom Madden.

In early September, fifth-graders were the first to begin using the table. Strommen produced a video explaining the table’s three sections: a red container for trash, a blue container for recycling, and a green container for organics.  The fifth-graders, Strommen said, were dubbed the “green team” and helped train Weaver Lake’s younger students to use the sorting table.

Six months after its introduction, the table is already yielding results.

“We’ve reduced our waste by 80 percent in the cafeteria alone,” Palm said. “We’re also recycling the brown paper towels in the restrooms, and that’s another six bags of what used to be trash that’s now being composted each day.”  

Rice Lake Elementary was also a Hennepin County recycling grant recipient and plans to implement some new recycling initiatives this school year.

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