By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
---- — Last February, The Legacy Fund – Rush County Schools began a recycling initiative. Since its inception, six Rush County Schools and eight businesses have consistently participated in this program. After just six months we are beginning to see the impact these schools and businesses have on the Rush County community. They have become Recycling Super Hero’s and have supported The Legacy Fund at the same time. This is truly a win . . . win situation!
Since February 2013 a total of 440.51 pounds of cell phones, ink and toner cartridges have been collected and shipped in for recycling. This included 40 Cell Phones, 277 Inkjet Cartridges, 200 Toner Cartridges and 1 GPS. These 440.51 pounds break down into 139.15 lbs. Plastic, 9.78 lbs. Nylon, 100.03 lbs. Steel, 16.88 lbs. Aluminum, and 0.88 lbs. Copper. The end result – 369.52 lbs. were remanufactured and 70.98 lbs. were recycled.
So what does this mean for the citizens of Rush County? Very simply it means your environment is being impacted in a big way by these acts of recycling. As a comparison, our six months of recycling has offset CO2 emissions from the consumption of 530 gallons of gasoline, staved off global warming via the intake and storage of carbon of 121 tree seedlings (grown for 10 years), and counterbalanced CO2 emissions from 197 propane home barbeques.
We look forward to the next six months of recycling. We are off to a great start and trust our participation base will continue to grow and reap the rewards of being good stewards of the environment. If you need a place to recycle your old digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, Inkjet and Toner Cartridges, Headsets, GPS systems, VCR and other small electronics – Rush County Schools will be glad to help you accomplish this.
Rushville Consolidated High School, Benjamin Rush Middle School, Arlington Elementary School, and Mays Elementary School. Rushville Elementary School East and Rushville Elementary School West, Central Offices.
Rush County Courthouse (Clean Green Rush), Mayor’s Office – City of Rushville, INTAT, Abrams Trucking, Worth Law Offices, Photography by Green, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Taylor University Athletic Dept.
Thank you to all of these Super Hero’s helping make Rush County Schools a great place to be.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.