Campus-based recycling program a rewarding experience

Campus-based recycling program a rewarding experience

San Antonio ISD students are receiving resources for their schools and for charitable groups while helping to save the planet at the same time. Through participating in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally - a collaboration between PepsiCo, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful - they can accumulate points to be redeemed for products including electronics, sporting goods, educational events, books and videos.


SAISD is one of only two San Antonio school districts offering this type of recycling program. In addition to rewarding schools, the District has saved $84,000 in mixed solid waste pick up since the program was implemented last year and has kept 612 tons of recyclables out of landfills.


For bottles recycled through this program, PepsiCo also donates money to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. This national program educates disabled post-9/11 veterans in small business management and related topics.


Resources for the Dream Machine Recycle Rally that include dumpsters and barcode scanners are provided free for the schools by PepsiCo.


By participating in the program, SAISD schools also compete with other campuses nationwide for the highest average number of bottles and cans collected per student.


The winning school will receive $50,000 to be used toward green improvements.


Waste Management of South Texas has sent materials to all SAISD schools. For general information about this effort visit: www.dreammachinerecyclerally.com.

 

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Beacon Hill ES principal Trace Mahbubani oversees 4th-graders as they prepare to turn their school's recyclables into rewards. Simon Whitus (from left) uses a digital scale to weigh materials while Silas Prado records data in the recycling notebook to the tenth of a pound. Scanning barcodes to record the amount of pounds recycled is Dimitrius Idrogo. The students later will upload the scanner to a computer in order to transmit data to the Greenopolis website to claim points. Their school's efforts already have earned $500.