Norfolk school strives for zero waste

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 15 at 6:58 PM

NORFOLK -- Some Norfolk children are getting lessons in recycling.

On Monday, students in grades K through 8 at The Williams School saw the new recycling bins in the cafeteria and took part in American Recycling Day events, which included composting from their classrooms and lunchroom.

The idea is to reach zero waste.

"Liquid waste in one area, recyclable wastes, material composts and materials to bring to the refuse drive fuel plant to burn,"explainedMichael Benedetto with TFC Recycling.

In September, the students got their first look at this aggressive recycling program.

Since then, they say they're encouraging their parents to recycle more.

"I think it's really good for schools and the environment and the community because a lot of people around the Williams school are helping out too," said 7th grader Ashley Scott.

School officials say they're one of the first in the country to be designated as a Zero Landfill facility.

They project the students will reduce waste by 30% in just the first two weeks.

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