By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
---- — Projects begin and before we know it almost a year has gone by. The big question that arises is, “does it matter?” Does it matters if I take the time to turn in my used ink cartridges to be recycled? Does it matter if I take my old cell phone to my local school to be recycled? In the grand scheme of things is one person really going to make any difference?
The answer – YES it does matter! And, most definitely YES to being a part of the big picture. Last February, the Legacy Fund (Rush County Schools) began a recycling initiative. All Rush County Schools and the Administration Office are collection points for your used ink cartridges, toners, cell phones and small electronics. In addition eight businesses have stepped up to include their recycling in this program. This combined effort has seen substantial results in the past nine months. This growth is certainly measureable and is tangible proof that one community can and does make a difference toward the environmental impact.
Since February 2013 the Legacy Fund has collected 65 cell phone, 488 ink cartridges, 250 toner cartridges, 2 laptops, not to mention batteries and household phones. This collection of recyclables translates into 417.67 pounds that can be remanufactured and 151.99 pounds that can be recycled. Other environmental impact equivalents that strike home include: 14 Barrels of Oil – counterbalanced the emission from the consumption of 14 barrels of oil.
154 Tree Seedlings – staved off global warming via the intake and storage of carbon of 154 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
259 Propane Cylinders – counterbalanced the emissions of 250 propane cylinders from home barbeques.
The points earned in this initiative translate into dollars that go directly to the Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund is a pass through gift fund that benefits all Rush County Schools. Based on six months earnings of over $300 (recycling dollars), a goal of $1,000 (recycling dollars) has been set for the 2013-2014 school year.
A program that combines ecological accountability with financial incentives to education is a great way for the entire community to participate. So next time you’re tempted to throw that used ink cartridge in the trash, remember your local school and Administration Office will be glad to them off your hands. If you have questions or need further information contact Marianne Scott at (765) 938-1616 or my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund Director/Information Officer Rush County Schools.