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KCSOS recycling program hits three-year milestone
Every day in America the average person generates nearly four-and-a-half pounds of trash. That’s a lot of fast food wrappers, newspaper, plastic water bottles, soda cans, office waste – the list goes on and on. Much of what ends up buried in the belly of Mother Earth could in fact be reused or recycled. Sadly, only about one quarter actually is.
For the past three years, KCSOS has been involved in an aggressive recycling campaign in partnership with the City of Bakersfield, local refuse haulers, and BARC.
The program’s third anniversary in April marked huge progress, according to KCSOS energy conservation supervisor Scott Fieber who, along with operations supervisor Joe Eberwine, has spearheaded the project.
In total, more than 190 tons of recyclable items have been kept out of landfills since the program began. Specifically, more than 48,000 pounds of cardboard, 70,000 pounds of mixed metal, 82,000 pounds of trash from the City Center and the Reider Center and 180,000 of trash from KCSOS’s other sites have been recycled over the past three years.
The ultimate goal is to become more environmentally responsible, Fieber said, while reducing trash costs by at least 50 percent throughout the organization over time.
The organization is well on its way to reaching this goal. In 2012, trash costs stood at nearly $144,000. This year, the cost will come in around $85,000.
“For every dollar that can be saved by not sending items to the landfill is funding that can go back to help our kids in the classroom,” said Fieber.
Fieber said that there was an attempt to start a similar recycling program back in the mid 1990s, but the program wasn’t very successful.
“Public awareness of the benefits of recycling were not as well known at that time,” he said. “We are thrilled with the success of the program and thank KCSOS staff for doing their part to help make the most impact.”
Fieber said that everything can go in the blue recycling bins, expect for wet trash, food items, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, Styrofoam and Kleenex/paper towels.
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