SALEM - Salem Wesleyan Academy is promoting recycling and trying to help the environment while earning some money at the same time, inviting residents to use their new paper recycling dumpster.
"We're just trying to keep stuff out of the landfills," Parent Teacher Fellowship President Barb Sannes said.
The PTF arranged for the program at the K-12 school located on Newgarden Avenue as a fundraiser to help raise money for the group's general fund, which shoulders the cost of all the social functions at the school, including awards banquets.
Salem Wesleyan Academy 7th and 8th grade teacher Lori LaVan dumps some paper in the Newgarden Avenue school’s new Paper Retriever paper recycling dumpster behind the building. Residents are invited to dump their newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail and office papers in the green and yellow dumpster. The school earns money for every ton collected. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
The program is offered through Paper Retriever, an arm of Abitibi Bowater, a paper manufacturer. Sannes said the company needs the paper to make recycled paper and pays up to $20 per ton of paper collected.
The green and yellow container located at the back of the school holds up to 2 tons.
"They have data on how many trees are saved by doing this. It does help the environment," school Principal Dan Forrider said.
According to the Paper Retriever website at www.paperretriever.com, there are programs throughout the country. The Leetonia Community Public Library just started the program, offering the paper recycling for the Leetonia area on the library grounds.
Sannes said local residents are welcome to use their paper recycling dumpster. Items which can be dumped include newpapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, phone books and paperback books. Staples do not have to be removed.
She suggested shredding any papers containing personal information first, with shredded paper material accepted.
Inside the school, they'll be working to put paper in separate receptacles. The school already recycles cans and ink cartridges, too, and may consider using the program as a teaching tool.