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Green Team helps recycle 13 tons of unwanted items

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 22, 2019

Students, staff and community volunteers braved the bitter cold on a recent Saturday to help keep more than 13 tons of unwanted goods from heading to local landfills. Instead, these volunteers, including members of the BCSD Green Team, collected clothing, footwear, textiles, books and more that will be reused or recycled, finding new purpose and helping to protect the environment.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the BC Green Team partnered with the Town of Bethlehem and the Delmar Farmers Market on Saturday, Nov. 16, to offer the families in the community an opportunity to drop off unwanted items to be recycled.

The group collected 25,402 pounds of textiles, paper, and books for re-use and recycling. See below for detailed totals. 

Proceeds from the Nov. 16 clothing/textile collection will help fund the Bethlehem Central School District’s Green Team initiatives. Another $400 in donations were received to support the Green Team. The Green Team was honored in 2017 with a New York State Environmental Excellence Award for its leadership in protecting the environment, promoting energy efficiency and educating students about environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Totals of materials recycled during the 2019 America Recycles Day:

  • Clothing/Textile Recycling: 7,920 lbs. collected for reuse and recycling
  • Document Shredding/Paper Recycling: 7,920 lbs. of secure document shredding
  • Book and Cardboard Recycling: Grassroot Givers and event volunteers sorted out and collected thousands of books with reuse value, filling multiple vehicles with boxes of high-quality books. Those books weighed an estimated 2,400 lbs.; an additional 6,700 lbs. of books and cardboard boxes were collected and recycled by Cascade Recovery.

Residents can continue to donate clothing, footwear and other textiles for reuse or recycling throughout the year (the “other” list includes linens, stuffed animals, loose fabric, purses, belts, backpacks, and even ripped, stained or damaged items—as long as they are not wet or contaminated). There are a number of blue collection bins throughout the town, including bins at the Elm Ave CDTA Park and Ride, the Kenwood Avenue Municipal Parking Lot near Four Corners (between Hughes Opticians and Applebee Funeral Home), and the Town’s Rupert Rd Transfer Station—proceeds from these locations benefit the Town. There is also a blue bin at the Middle School parking lot near the outdoor farmer’s market, and at a number of churches in Bethlehem, and proceeds benefit those organizations.

Visit townofbethlehem.org/recycling for more information about Town of Bethlehem recycling or contact Dan Rain, Recycling Coordinator: email recycle@townofbethlehem.org or call 439-4955 ext. 1510.  

For BCSD Green Team details visit the Green Team’s webpage on the district website.

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