Darlington School: Senior Ventures Update: Sustainable Recycling Program
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Senior Ventures Update: Sustainable Recycling Program

Alice Barngrover | February 4, 2021 | 56 views

Thank you for supporting my Senior Ventures project involving developing a sustainable recycling program at Darlington School. As a community, we have collected around 3,000 pounds of plastic and aluminum! Please remember the recycling containers provided around campus are for plastic bottles and aluminum cans only.  Unfortunately, we cannot recycle the plastic cups and containers from the dining hall. You are welcome to bring plastic and aluminum from home to be recycled.

One of my mentors for this project is alumnus Ben McElrath (‘02, LD’15) with Marglen Industries. He is collecting the recycled items from the trailer to make a variety of items. They add our bottles to the 400,000 pounds that they recycle EVERY DAY! The pellets are sold back to Pepsi to make more bottles, closing the recycling loop and reducing plastic landfill waste. The fibers are sold throughout the world to make many different consumer and industrial products. I recently had the opportunity to tour this facility to learn more about the process.  

I also wanted to make you aware of the restart of the Rome and Floyd County, GA Glass Recycling Program. A glass recycling bin has been placed adjacent to the parking area behind Makervillage on North Fifth Avenue. For safety reasons, Darlington's Green Team will not be collecting glass to take to the bin, but we encourage you to recycle your glass from home. 

Thanks again for your assistance with recycling in our community.