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Madison County schools recycle

“Recycle, Recycle, Recycle” is the message that all of the Madison County public schools want to emphasize to their students as the 2015-16 school year begins. In 2013, with the help of Rachel Silver of the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. Lee Elementary School became the pilot project for recycling in schools. In 2014, Pinetta Elementary School joined in on the revolution to involve recycling in the school system. Now with Silver’s help the schools were able to receive funding from the USDA Rural Development to place recycle bins in all of the public schools in Madison County. Silver credits Superintendent Doug Brown with getting all of the schools involved in recycling this year. Each school will have bins for students to recycle all paper materials such as cardboard, paper and magazines. Once the bins are full, they will be dumped into a dumpster that has been placed at the schools by Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator Jerome Wyche. Solid Waste and Recycling will also be responsible for emptying the dumpster. There are three main objectives in implementing recycling in the schools: cost savings for the school, changing behaviors of the students toward recycling and meeting a mandated goal set by Florida Department of Environmental Protection to recycle 75 percent of goods by 2020.

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1. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Jessie R. Box, August 5, 2015. Principals, Superintendent Doug Brown, USDA Rural Development and others came together to celebrate that all Madison County public schools will now recycle. In the back row, pictured from left to right, are: Clay Martin, Representative for U.S. Representative Ted Yoho; Superintendent Doug Brown; Brian Mimbs, Representative for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio; and Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator Jerome Wyche. In the front row, pictured from left to right, are: Jessica Lamb, Representative for U.S. Representative Gwen Graham; Kendra Robinson, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist; Christine Goddard, USDA Rural Development Area Director; Rachel Silver, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. Technical Assistance Provider; Robin Hill, Lee Elementary School Principal; Barbara Pettiford, Greenville Elementary School Principal; and Dr. Willie Miles, Madison County Central School Principal.

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